REDLANDS, Calif. — The Redlands Police Department is recruiting volunteer pilots to participate in its Air Support Unit, RedHawk1.
Pilots must be at least 21 years old with at least a private pilot’s license, current medical certificate and at least 300 hours of Pilot in Command flight time in a fixed-wing, general aviation aircraft, with significant time in a Cessna 172. Pilots will fly the department’s Redhawk, a refurbished 172 (similar to the one pictured below).
Volunteer pilots will be required to pass a background check, drug test and interview, as well as explain their reason for volunteering and their flight experience. They will also be required to pass a flight test.
Those selected must be able to fly at least one five-hour shift a month and participate in trimester safety meetings.
The Air Support Unit, using volunteer pilots, many of whom are retired law enforcement officers, and a specially outfitted Cessna 172 provides patrol and surveillance support to Redlands Police officers and special units on the ground.
The Air Support Unit flies between 700 and 1,000 hours a year in a variety of duties, including patrolling the city’s streets, neighborhoods and canyon areas, assisting ground units, and providing surveillance assistance to specialized units.
The Air Support Unit also provides support through a mutual aid agreement with the Fontana Police Department.
To volunteer, send an e-mail with your qualifications and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 909-798-7681.