The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Aviation Section was recently received national accreditation from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC).
SCSO’s Aviation Section is comprised of 10 full time and 18 part time members who maintain and operate two Airbus helicopters (known as Alert1 and Alert2). They provide around the clock airborne assistance to SCSO and the County’s seven city police departments, using technology to patrol Seminole County’s waterways, neighborhoods, and roadways and provide investigative support, conduct fire suppression, and perform land and water rescues.
“This achievement reflects our commitment to the overall safety and efficiency of our aviation operations,” said Sheriff Dennis Lemma. “I’m extremely proud of our pilots and flight officers for their hard work and dedication to protecting our community. These deputies adhere to rigid safety standards and they have brought state-of-the-art technology and tactics to our flight operations. ”
The process to achieve accreditation involved a written application, self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review, and demonstration of compliance maintenance. Accreditation is a voluntary process that promotes safe, efficient and accident-free aviation operations in support of law enforcement missions. The accreditation program is designed to objectively evaluate and certify a unit’s overall compliance with the standards developed and adopted by PSAAC and ALEA. The SCSO Aviation Section is the only helicopter operation in the State of Florida, and only one of 12 in the country, to hold this distinction.