The Broward Sheriff’s Office utilizes many specially trained professionals such as deputies, firefighter/paramedics as well as units designed to provide maximum response efficiency in a variety of customary and unusual public safety situations. Among these is the BSO Aviation Division, which is a cooperative effort among the Department of Law Enforcement and Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services.
Law Enforcement Aviation Unit
BSO is the only agency servicing the 1.95 million residents and covering the 1,320 square miles of Broward County with airborne law enforcement support. Our mission is to efficiently and effectively provide the highest level of law enforcement service to the citizens, visitors and other public safety agencies within Broward County at a reasonable cost. On average, the unit conducts 3,325 missions a year consisting of approximately 2,000 flight hours. These missions resulted in more than 1,300 aircrew apprehensions in which the aircrew located suspects and directed ground units to their location. Click here to view video highlights from past missions.
The unit consists of two sergeant pilots, five deputy sheriff pilots, six deputy sheriff tactical flight officers and three mechanics. The aircrew utilizes tactics and technology while enhancing the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement personnel on the ground. The unit has the capability of performing many diversified missions including but not limited to: criminal search and apprehensions, search for missing/endangered persons, locating and recovering stolen vehicles and search and rescue operations in the Everglades and offshore, as well as the deployment and extraction of the SWAT Team, K-9 Unit and dive rescue personnel. The unit’s two aircrafts are each outfitted with a FLIR system, night vision capabilities, Nightsun SX-16 searchlight, moving map system and Lojack ™.