On the Clock with the Arlington Police Department Aviation Unit

On the Clock is a show that gives residents an inside look at the hard work city employees do every day to make Arlington a better community to live, learn, work and play.

This month’s episode, hosted by City Manager Trey Yelverton, gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at the Arlington Police Department’s Aviation Unit.

The Arlington Police Department Aviation Unit operates a small unmanned aerial system, one of many public safety tools available to officers in an ongoing effort to keep Arlington residents and visitors safe.

The Aviation Unit is comprised of 14 specially-trained police officers from various areas of the department. They are trained to use the Small Unmanned Aerial System or sUAS in a variety of public safety operations, such as helping to find missing individuals, searching for suspects who are actively fleeing from the police and providing assistance in assessing damages and losses from natural disasters.

The sUAS can also be used to take forensic photographs of complex crime scenes. However, officers cannot use this small device in vehicle pursuits or to help with traffic citations. The devices do not carry weapons of any kind and are never used for routine patrols and surveillance.

For more information about the Arlington Police Department’s Aviation Unit, please visit www.arlington-tx.gov/police/specialized-units/aviation-unit.

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