On Feb. 12, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), the Frederick, Md.-based organization that represents law enforcement aviators worldwide, granted accreditation—the first in the U.S.—to two of its member organizations during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. Police Aircrews from the Columbus Police Department in Ohio and the Houston Police Department in Texas were on hand to receive the certificates and plaques from ALEA, plus scholarship fund money, courtesy of American Eurocopter.
Introduced two years ago, the Accreditation Program is designed to objectively evaluate and certify a law enforcement air unit’s overall compliance with safety and efficiency standards as developed and adopted by ALEA.
“We are delighted to acknowledge the achievements of these two distinguished [agencies] by awarding each of them certificates of accreditation,” said Jim Di Giovanna, president of ALEA’s Commissioners for Law Enforcement Aviation Accreditation. “We look forward to a continuing trend of law enforcement air unit accreditation applications in the near future.”
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