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ALEA E-Newsletter : 2017 May

May 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Inc.
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In This Issue:

ALEA Extends 2017 Awards & ScholarshipsSubmission Deadline - 4 Days Remaining

Connecticut Lawmakers Vote No to Allow Weaponized UAS

Officers Among 12 Killed in Turkey Police Helicopter Crash

Center for Study of the Drone at Bard College Studies Public Safety Drones

Myrtle Beach Police to Purchase Gyrocopter

ALEA Online Meetings: May Schedule

Man Fires at Law Enforcement Helicopters

Indiana Counties Benefiting from Unmanned Aircraft

Anaheim Police Adding Third Helicopter

Texas Lawmaker Wants Helicopter Back

Maryland Man Arrested for Flying UAS in Police Helicopter's Path

CHP Newest Aircraft Go Into Service

MSP Aviation Assists in Nighttime Boat Rescue

Snap & Win: Enter Air Beats's Photo Contest

Arizona DPS Crosses State Lines to Save Severly Injured Teen

U.K.'s Police Aviation Conference to Feature ALEA Members

California Kindergartners Explore CHP Helicopter

Ohio Unit Sets Sights on UAS

Mississippi Unit Considers Law Enforcement UAS

IACP Police Aviation Award; Nominate Before May 31

Oklahoma Unit Puts UAS in the Air

Kenyan Police Acquire New Helicopter

Alabama Sheriff to Launch UAS in June

Night Vision Awards Open to Entries

Minnesota Sheriff Ramps Up UAS Program

Washington Sheriff Begins Researching UAS for Rescue Missions

ALEA Welcomes New Members

ALEA EXPO 2017: Unmatched Educational Agenda for Public Safety Aviators

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ALEA Extends 2017 Awards & Scholarships Submission Deadline - 4 Days Remaining

May 1 Deadline

The deadline for receipt of award nominations and scholarship applications has been extended to Monday, May 8, 2017.

Annually, we present seven awards to recognize excellence by our members and others whose actions have had a positive impact on our profession. To honor the academic achievements of our members’ children, we offer 18 scholarships totaling $43,000.  Scholarship recipients and award winners will be announced during ALEA EXPO 2017 in Reno, NV.

For more information about our awards and scholarships program, or to submit award nominations and scholarship applications, visit the ALEA website at www.alea.org  and click on Awards and Scholarships. If you have any questions or need further information, contact Executive Director/CEO Dan Schwarzbach.

Don't miss these great opportunities - They only come around once a year!

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Connecticut Lawmakers Vote No to Allow Weaponized UAS

Connecticut Lawmakers

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee has decided to essentially squash a bill that would have allowed police to equip unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with weapons. H.B.7260 was originally proposed in response to a Connecticut man showing his homemade, weaponized drone creations on social media in 2015.

The summary of the H.B.7260 states as follows: “This bill criminalizes the operation or use of unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly called drones) that are weaponized, except by law enforcement officers in certain circumstances while performing their duties. The bill makes operating a weaponized drone a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, or both; and violators must register with the deadly weapon offender registry.”

There was no action taken on the legislation on May 1 when it was sent to the Public Safety and Security Committee. Rep. Joe Verrengia, co-chairman of the committee, explained that the legislation is “dead for now” after the committee failed to come to a consensus because of “just so many questions” surrounding the bill. The report says the decision to take no action “essentially dooms it”; however, another proposal “could come up again before the legislature adjourns on June 7.”

SOURCE: www.unmanned-aerial.com 

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Officers Among 12 Killed in Turkey Police Helicopter Crash

Officers Among 12

The Turkish government said 12 people aboard a police helicopter died in a crash on April 18. The helicopter was reportedly carrying seven police officers, one judge and an army sergeant, along with three crewmembers. None of them survived.

The Turkish Interior Minister said the crash occurred eight minutes after the Sikorsky S-70 helicopter took off in a mountainous area. Rescue teams searched the terrain for more than two hours in heavy fog before reaching the crash site. Rescue teams were unable to access the area by helicopter. "It is being assessed that the helicopter crashed due to adverse weather conditions," the minister’s office said in a statement.

SOURCE: www.upi.com

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Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College Studies Public Safety Drones

Bard College

According to research released from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College last month, there are 347 police, sheriff, fire and emergency response units that have acquired drones between 2009 and early 2017 in the United States.

Of the 347 agencies, 121 are sheriff’s offices, 96 are police departments, 69 are fire departments, 43 are other city or county government agencies, and 18 are statewide first responder departments. Some state and local governments purchased drones to be used by multiple first responder agencies.

The states with the most publicly reported public safety drones are Texas and California (28 and 23 departments, respectively). The largest municipalities and counties with drones are New York City, Los Angeles City, and Los Angeles County. The data showed a little less than half of all known departments—154 out of 323—were in localities with populations of fewer than 50,000 people.

Another takeaway from the research is that local law enforcement departments lead public safety drone acquisitions. Read the full report at http://dronecenter.bard.edu/drones-at-home-public-safety-drones/.

Source:  Bard College

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Myrtle Beach Police to Purchase Gyrocopter

Myrtle Beach PoliceThe Myrtle Beach (SC) Police Department received approval in early April from the local city council to purchase a gyrocopter. The $207,000, two-man ultra light aircraft is expected to increase the department’s surveillance capabilities, especially when it comes to battling the city’s drug epidemic, according to Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall.

“Most of the crimes we have in the city can be related back to drugs,” Gall said. “This will give us another way to help our officers on drug raids or locating the criminals.”

In addition to drug enforcement, Gall said the police intend to use the gyrocopter for dealing with other criminals, during large events, surveying the aftermath of natural disasters and looking for missing swimmers in the ocean. Myrtle Beach currently relies on the Coast Guard for airborne support.

The aircraft will be equipped with the latest in camera and video equipment, including thermal imaging, as well as spotlights and flares to help the officers on the ground. The rotorcraft will be paid for with the city’s drug confiscation fund.

SOURCE: www.myhorrynews.com

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ALEA Online Meetings: May Schedule

ALEA Online Meetings

Meetings are conducted through an online conference call you can join using your computer, device or phone. Online meetings are open to any ALEA member. To receive meeting information and be added to the mailing list, send an email to safety@alea.org.

For May 2017, an online meeting for UAS operators will be conducted on Wednesday, May 17 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC); for Safety Officers on Thursday, May 18 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC); and for maintenance technicians on Wednesday, May 31 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC). Contract maintenance providers to ALEA members are welcome to participate in the maintenance meeting as well.

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Man Fires at Law Enforcement Helicopters

Man Fires At Law

A California man who was holed up in his residence and refusing to surrender to law enforcement fired a weapon at California Highway Patrol and Placer County (CA) Sheriff’s Office helicopters in early April. The incident began when the suspect threatened a tree trimming crew working near his home with a shotgun.

After arriving at the scene, Placer County deputies requested air support. The suspect began firing when a California Highway Patrol helicopter arrived and continued when the county aircraft replaced it. The helicopters were not hit, and no injuries occurred.

SOURCE: www.auburnjournal.com

 

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Indiana Counties Benefiting from Unmanned Aircraft

Indiana Counties

The Bargersville (IN) Fire Department recently used a $10,000 grant from the Johnson County Community Foundation to purchase an unmanned aircraft system and cameras. Division Chief Eric Funkhouser said the aircraft has been used to assist on fire, law enforcement, and search and rescue missions.

Funkhouser said the UAS has been used about 10 times in Johnson County and other communities in the past several months. He said the thermal camera flying overhead serves as a time-saver covering large search areas and allows search teams on the ground to be more efficient.

SOURCE: www.fox59.com

 

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Anaheim Police Adding Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Adding

The Anaheim (CA) Police Department received approval from the local city council earlier this month to purchase a 2006 Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter for $538,750. The department currently has two AS350 B2s in its fleet. Collectively known as Angel in the Sky, the helicopters are based at the Fullerton Municipal Airport and operated by the Anaheim Police Department Air Support Division.

The city has also allocated $260,000 for equipping the helicopter for the law enforcement mission. The AS350 B2 has a maximum speed of 140 mph and can travel from west Anaheim to Anaheim Hills in six minutes, according to local police.

“Adding the third helicopter to our fleet will increase the lifespan of the helicopters and will increase the amount of time in between scheduled maintenance,” Sergeant Daron Wyatt said. “Also since it is the exact same model of our other two helicopters, it will provide consistency in training and operation, not only with the pilots but also with our aircraft mechanics.”

SOURCE: www.ocregister.com

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Texas Lawmaker Wants Helicopter Back

Texas Lawmaker

An East Texas lawmaker, Representative Jay Dean, is requesting the state return a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter to its Gregg County home. The aircraft has recently been deployed in a border patrol mission. “If there's a point in time when the federal government is actually going to step up and take over border security as they signal, and they no longer need our helicopter, then we'd like to have it back,” Dean said.

The helicopter arrived in Gregg County in 2009 and was used by DPS for a variety of tasks. It was rerouted to assist on Operation Secure Texas in 2015.

Dean says he's glad the helicopter is serving law enforcement along the border, but in a floor amendment presented during this legislative session he said the asset should return "to its original base in Gregg County as soon as practicable, provided the Department of Public Safety determines that the return of the helicopter would not impair the conduct of border security activities."

SOURCE: www.kltv.com

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Maryland Man Arrested for Flying UAS in Police Helicopter’s Path

Maryland Man Arrested

A College Park, MD, man was arrested in late April for allegedly flying an unmanned aircraft system in restricted airspace and into the path of a police helicopter. The Prince George’s County Police Department aircraft was trying to assist firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at an apartment complex near the University of Maryland campus, according to police.

The helicopter pilot prevented a collision by using evasive maneuvers, and officers quickly found the 24-year-old perpetrator on the ground and arrested him. He was charged with interfering with police and fire response, along with reckless endangerment.

SOURCE: www.wjla.com

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CHP Newest Aircraft Go Into Service

CHP Newest Aircraft

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has entered several new helicopters into service in an effort to improve its coverage of the 13 Northern California counties. The helicopters recently took to the skies after agency pilots completed training.

CHP Officer Shawn Bainbridge said the upgraded Airbus B-3 Echos feature significant technological enhancements. "We have an upgraded infrared and video camera,” he said. “It also has an infrared laser on it so we can see the laser with our night vision goggles so we can track vehicles…and see where the camera is pointing the laser.”

SOURCE: www.krcrtv.com 

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MSP Aviation Assists in Nighttime Boat Rescue

MSP Aviation Assists

A Maryland State Police (MSP) helicopter spotted two boaters in a disabled vessel and assisted the Accomack County Sheriff's Office in rescuing them in mid-April. Police said MSP Aviation Command Trooper 4 responded to a U.S. Coast Guard's call for assistance in searching for the two boaters. The MSP pilot spotted a faint light through his NVGs and used the helicopter's infrared imaging system to direct the Coast Guard and county sheriff to the boat’s exact location.

As the Accomack County Sheriff's Office rescue boat approached, officials say the MSP helicopter crew hovered overhead to provide a spotlight. The two boaters boarded the rescue ship and were transported to shore.

SOURCE: www.wmdt.com/ 

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Snap & Win: Enter Air Beat’s Photo Contest

Snap & Win

Enter your best shots in Air Beat magazine's 2017 Photo Contest to win a GoPro Hero5 Black camera. HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy to use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design. You're gonna love it; enter Air Beat's photo contest today for your chance to win!

To be eligible to enter, the photographer must be an ALEA member in good standing, and the photos must have a public safety aviation element (aircraft, crew, mission, training, etc.) and include a caption. The submission deadline is June 30, 2017 and entries are being accepted at www.airbeatmagazine.com. The more photos you submit, the greater your chances of winning. The GoPro Hero5 Black camera will be awarded on July 27 during the General Membership Meeting at ALEA EXPO 2017 in Reno, NV. The winner is not required to be present.

 

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Arizona DPS Crosses State Lines to Save Severely Injured Teen

Arizona DPS Crosses

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) assisted in a search and rescue operation involving an injured teen in late April. The 17-year-old male was with a youth group hiking in Utah’s Beaver Dam Mountains when he slipped and fell 25 feet, according to the Washington County (UT) Sheriff’s Office. An Arizona DPS helicopter responded to a request for aid from the Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, which responded alongside medics from the Ivins-Santa Clara Fire/Rescue and EMS departments.

After medics hiked more than an hour to assess the boy, it was determined he needed to be hoisted out of the terrain. When a local Intermountain Life Flight helicopter and Utah Department of Public Safety aircraft were unable to preform the hoist, Arizona DPS stepped in. The flight crew had to get special permission to cross state lines, but once on-scene they successfully rescued the teen.

SOURCE: www.stgeorgeutah.com

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 U.K.’s Police Aviation Conference to Feature ALEA Members

U.K.'s Police Aviation

The 2017 PAvCon (Police Aviation Conference) will take place on June 5-7 and be hosted by United Kingdom’s National Police Air Service (NAPS). The event will take place at the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Among the presenters this year are ALEA members/instructors Bryan Smith, Glenn Daley, Bill Probets and Jack Schonely. Also, David Morton who recently retired from the FAA’s Flight Standards UAS Integration Office will speak about unmanned aviation. Sgt. Dave Domoney of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police UAS Section will share operational methodology on the use of unmanned aircraft by the RCMP, one of the largest police operators of UAS in the world. For a complete list of the speakers and schedule, visit www.pavcon.org.

Source:  Police Aviation Research

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California Kindergartners Explore CHP Helicopter

California Kindergartners

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) treated kindergarteners in Sierra Vista, CA to a fly-in in late April when one of the department’s helicopters landed in the school’s field. Parked near it was a CHP patrol car. The children in the school’s morning and afternoon classes were invited to sit inside the car and helicopter —as long as they promised not to push any buttons. CHP Officer Mike McAuley, who’s been with CHP for 17 years and a helicopter pilot for eight, was on hand to answer children’s questions.

SOURCE: www.dailyrepublic.com

 

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Ohio Unit Sets Sights on UAS

Ohio Unit Sets

The Huron County (OH) Sheriff’s Office has begun taking the steps necessary to launch an unmanned aircraft program. Sheriff Kelly Hanson said his department started talking about the program seriously after it contracted with a local UAS operator to conduct a missing person search last year.

The department has so far submitted a grant application to purchase a UAS, and two officers have obtained FAA UAS operator certification. The department has used one of the pilot’s personal UAS three times at car accident scenes for reconstruction purposes.

SOURCE: www.michigansthumb.com

 

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Mississippi Unit Considers Law Enforcement UAS

Mississippi Unit

Oxford (MS) Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Jimmy Allgood is pushing for the local police department to launch an unmanned aircraft systems program in an effort to keep citizens safe. “They’re great for public safety because you can monitor crowds, you can monitor traffic, search and rescue, those types of items, but if misused, then you get into an invasion of privacy issue,” Allgood said. The Oxford Police Department and other Oxford public safety officials are currently in the research phase and are looking to use the experience of other cities to determine appropriate UAS use.

SOURCE: www.hottytoddy.com

 

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IACP Police Aviation Award; Nominate Before May 31

IACP Police Aviation

The IACP Leadership in Police Aviation Award is presented annually at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. Awards are presented to an individual who holds a management or leadership position in police aviation and/or an aviation program or unit that exemplifies excellence in airborne law enforcement. The awards emphasize initiatives to enhance the general level and safety of operations, accident prevention programs, and the efficiency and effectiveness of airborne law enforcement. Efforts eligible for recognition can range from the unit level to the national or international level, including rotary, fixed-wing, or unmanned aircraft operations.

Nominations are to be submitted by a head of a component or agency who holds current membership in the IACP. Submissions are to be no more than two pages in length plus a cover letter on agency letterhead. Nominations may be accompanied by no more than a total of three additional pages of photographs or supporting documentation. No video or audio recordings will be accepted. Applications must be received by May 31, 2017. Submit nominations to awards@theiacp.org.

Source: IACP

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Oklahoma Unit Puts UAS in the Air

Oaklaoma Unit

The Duncan (OK) Police Department recently used donations from two organizations to begin a new unmanned aircraft systems program. The department decided to launch its own unmanned program after using private UAS successfully in search operations.

Detective James Egger and Master Officer Jason Downs will be the first two police officers in Stephens County certified by FAA as remote pilots and will operate the new units, both DJI Inspire 1s. Along with searches, Egger said the UAS could be used in a variety of police missions.

SOURCE: www.duncanbanner.com

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Kenyan Police Acquire New Helicopter

Kenyan Police

The Kenya Police Air Wing has taken delivery of a Russian Helicopters Mil Mi-17 V-5 multi-role aircraft as part of an effort to modernize its fleet. The helicopter was delivered to Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery in a ceremony in Nairobi on March 29.

Nkaissery hailed the delivery of the aircraft as a boost to the Kenya Police Air Wing, which now has three operational Mi-17 rotorcraft. He said with the new aircraft, the Air Wing would be able to conduct counter-terrorism operations and respond to other policing needs in remote parts of the country. The Kenya Police Air Wing lost an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter in a crash in September 2016.

SOURCE: www.defenceweb.co.za

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Alabama Sheriff to Launch UAS in June

Alabama Sheriff

The Madison County (AL) Sheriff’s Department is planning to start its new unmanned aircraft system unit next month. Six deputies are slated to train for and attain FAA’s UAS certification prior to launch. The Madison County Board had previously signed off on the $29,807 DJI 567 Industrial UAV, and the board will consider another purchase request to cover the training and certification expenses later this month. The unmanned aircraft is expected to be delivered to the department in May.

SOURCE: www.theintelligencer.com

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Night Vision Awards Open to Entries

Night Vision Awards

The Night Vision Awards selection committee began taking nominees for the 2017 Night Vision Awards Show in early April. The awards will take place in Reno, NV during ALEA EXPO 2017. Entries will be accepted until June 30. The awards will be presented to recipients on July 27 at an awards reception in the Edge Night Club inside the Peppermill Resort Casino Spa hotel.

The Night Vision Awards are a biennial event with ceremonies hosted by Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Night Flight Concepts, Vertical Magazine and Rotorcraft Pro Magazine. The purpose of the awards is to promote operational leadership and excellence in the use of night vision in North America and around the world. For further information, please visit http://www.nightvisionawards.com/.

SOURCE: Aviation Specialties Unlimited

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Minnesota Sheriff Ramps Up UAS Program

Minnesota Sheriff

The Dakota County (MN) Sheriff's Office purchased two unmanned aircraft systems last summer and has begun using them frequently since obtaining FAA certification in January. The department’s Sergeant Chris Melton said the county spent more than $17,000 on the equipment, and nine people are certified to fly the UAS. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has used the two unmanned aircraft primarily for search and rescue, but also for damage assessment, crime scene investigations and training.

SOURCE: www.hastingsstargazette.com

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Washington Sheriff Begins Researching UAS for Rescue Missions

Washington Sheriff

The Clark County (WA) Sheriff’s Office began looking into using unmanned aircraft systems in rescue situations in early April, while at the same time state agencies were developing regulations to govern the devices’ use. The sheriff’s department is interested in how the aircraft can be used to find missing people and protect deputies, Major Christopher Clark said.

“A small child wanders off and gets into a corn field,” he said. “It may take us several hours to locate them by foot and just a matter of minutes to locate them by a drone.” Some agencies in Ohio are already using UAS, but Clark said more guidance from the state would be helpful.

SOURCE: www.recentnews.press

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ALEA Welcomes New Members

ALEA would like to welcome the following individual members who joined during late March/April 2017:

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Taylor Abington, Avion Unmanned Solutions
David Abuelhawa, Howard County (MD) Police Department Special Operations Bureau/Aviation Unit
Robert Aldinger, Lowndes County (FL) Sheriff's Office
David Andrasko, Pennsylvania State Police
Teko Angeilcchio, Pennsylvania State Police
George Anton, Cook County (IL) Sheriff's Police
Aaron App, Collier County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Bureau
Douglas Artman, Pennsylvania State Police
Stephen Bailey, Florence (SC) Regional Airport DPS
Michael Becker, Pennsylvania State Police
Alfred Bell, SSAAD
Derek Bernier, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Kyle Boffy, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Kelowna Air Section
Jeff Braid, Pennsylvania State Police
Barry Bratt, Colorado State Patrol Aircraft Section
Sean Brennan, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department
Michael Brooks, Victoria Police Air Wing
Chris Bylow, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Kevin Canavan, Nassau County (NY) Police Department
Corey Cantrell, Pittsburg County (OK) Sheriff's Office
Robert Cauthen, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center- OSL
Brian Cavada, Pennsylvania State Police
Raymond Ciaccio, Homeland Security Investigations
Jeffery Clark, Clark Intl. Aviation Management
Tom Claxton, Howard County (MD) Police Department Special Operations Bureau/Aviation Unit
John Comerford, Pennsylvania State Police
Dave Cummings, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Adam Davies, Maryland State Police Aviation Command
Nathan Drumm, Pennsylvania State Police
James Erme, Pennsylvania State Police
Aaron Freivalds, Montana Highway Patrol
Tom Gonzalez, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Ricardo Gonzalez, Austin Energy
Jim Hall, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Dave Hall, Colorado State Patrol Aircraft Section
Erik Herzog, Long Beach (CA) Police Department Air Support Unit
Craig Heuberger, Oregon State Police
Wayne Hitchen, Pennsylvania State Police
Joseph Hodgson, King County (WA) Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit
Olaf Holm, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Joseph Ireton, Maryland State Police Aviation Command - SYSCOM
Ryan Jaxheimer, Pennsylvania State Police
Anthony Jennings, Oregon State Police
Joseph Joynes, Pennsylvania State Police
William Kaufman, Pennsylvania State Police
Lloyd Kelinui, Honolulu (HI) Police Department
Timothy Kelley, Pennsylvania State Police
Don Kresse, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Brian Kunes, Pennsylvania State Police
Anthony LaPatka, Willmar (MN) Police Department
Eliot Latchaw, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department
Michael Lefeber, New Jersey State Police
Jerry Lingefelt, US Army (NY)
Alan Love, East Bay (CA) Regional Park District Police
John Lowrimore, Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Christopher Manetta, Pennsylvania State Police
Darryl Martin, Pennsylvania State Police
Jason Masters, Washoe County (NV) Sheriff's Office Aviation Operations
Clinton McBain, El Paso (TX) Police Department
Tyler McGehee, Security Centres International USA, LLC
Ethan Mueller, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Jacob Nielsen, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Michael Novak, Houston (TX) Police Department Air Support Division
Allison Oyler, Maryland State Police
Richard Paden, Pennsylvania State Police
James Pecori, Pennsylvania State Police
Andrea Pflugh, Bakersfield (CA) Police Department
Robert Phillips, Pennsylvania State Police
Tyler Phillips, US Department of Justice
Ron Prater, Colorado State Patrol Aircraft Section
Colin Ramsey, Victoria Police Department
Brandon, Rankin, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
William Riley, Gordon County Sheriff's Office
Steve Robertson, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Paul Rodriguez, Rodriguez Consulting Group
Ben Rohale, Columbus (OH) Police Department Helicopter Section
Roy McLaughlin, Hernando County (FL) Sheriff
Jason Sams, Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Jack Scanlon, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Kyle Schaad, Pennsylvania State Police
Michael Seligsohn, El Dorado (CA) Sheriff's Office
Roy Shrout, Fairfax County (VA) Emergency Management
Philip Smart, Montana Highway Patrol
Jason Snyder, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Sean Solomon, Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department
Jeff Thurman, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Michael Uleski, Daytona Beach Shores (FL) Dept. of Public Safety
Dave Valenti, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
John Van Buren, Pennsylvania State Police
Howard Virgil, Department of Management Services (FL)
Elise Warren, Contra Costa County (CA) Sheriff's Office
Mark Warren, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department
Richard Wienches, Pennsylvania State Police
Anthony Winstead, Stanislaus County (CA) Sheriff's Department Air Support Unit

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ALEA EXPO 2017: Unmatched Educational Agenda for Public Safety Aviators

ALEA EXPO 2017

ALEA EXPO 2017, taking place July 24-29, is an exceptional weeklong conference that sets the standard for excellence in the public safety aviation. Avail yourself of the latest in skills, techniques, tactics, regulations, practices, philosophies, methodologies, support programs, systems and factors in conducting safe and effective public safety aviation missions by attending our diverse Conference Courses and Classes. Experience the vast array of public safety aviation products and services by visiting our 200-booth exposition where exhibitors will showcase their latest technology to unit decision-makers and end-users. Network with your peers at the vendor-sponsored special events and enjoy the "the biggest little city in the world". All of this combines to create an exceptional learning and sharing environment in one central location.

Advance registration is open through July 10, 2017. Visit http://alea.org/alea-expo-2017-reno-nv/ to register now. If mailing your registration, to receive the advance rate, ALEA must receive the registration form postmarked no later than July 10, 2017, and payment MUST accompany the registration form. After July 10, 2017, ALL registrations must be handled onsite and will be charged the onsite registration rate. For additional information and/or assistance, please contact the ALEA Headquarters at 301-631-2406 or bosborne@alea.org or cdavis@alea.org.

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September 16-17, 2017
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Ventura County, CA 
October 28-29, 2017
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Spokane, WA 
January 13-14, 2018
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