July 31, 2014
Deputy Mark Gregory
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Regional Air Support Unit (SRASU) has become one of six air support units in the entire country to be fully accredited through the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Committee / Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA).
The ALEA accreditation process was a long and work intensive process for all the members of the unit. SRASU Director Sergeant Dave Ellis stated, “I am extremely proud of our accomplishment, and the emphasis our unit puts on safety during each and every mission.”
While attending July’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association Conference in Phoenix AZ, the Air Support Unit also received the 5-Year Night Vision Service Award. This award is received by law enforcement agencies that embrace the use of night vision goggles (NVG) and have successfully used them in life-saving situations.
After receiving the award, Sergeant Dave Ellis said, “The use of night vision goggles has been critically important to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit. They have increased flight safety for our helicopter crews, and increased our effectiveness during search and rescue missions, directly leading to numerous successful rescues and lives saved.”
It is extremely important to note that all the SRASU’s pilots for Air 1 are volunteers and give their time to make sure Air 1 can safely respond to the needs of our community and region.
Congratulations to all of the members of the Air Support Unit and to all of our partnering agencies who work with us to ensure this extremely valuable asset is available to our community and region.
For more information, contact the Spokane County Sheriff's Office at (509) 477-3287.