Bell Helicopter is donating one of its Model 206Bs to the National Law Enforcement Museum, the company said during this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Assn (ALEA) conference in Houston, Texas.
"We are especially proud that a Bell helicopter symbolizes the contribution that helicopters have made to law enforcement," Bell Director for Homeland Security Paul Pitts said, "and the role that helicopters have in reducing the risk of injury and death to their fellow officers on the ground."
Bell is celebrating its 60-year history of supplying helicopters to law enforcement agencies around the world. Starting with a Bell 47 flying with the New York City police, Bell today has a wide range of products performing law enforcement missions.
"For decades now, helicopters have played a pivotal role in American law enforcement, supporting everything from tactical operations and rescue missions to traffic enforcement and the safe apprehension of fugitives," said Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which is leading the effort to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum.