Ontario Police host third annual fly-in

On April 27, 2017, the Ontario (California) Police Department Air Support Unit hosted its third annual training symposium and fly-in at the Ontario International Airport.

Ontario Police Department Airbus AS350 B2 and H125 helicopters at the Air Support Unit's third annual fly-in. Skip Robinson Photo
Ontario Police Department Airbus AS350 B2 and H125 helicopters at the Air Support Unit’s third annual fly-in. Skip Robinson Photo
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The event, inspired by the professional training sessions at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) annual conference, brings together members of airborne law enforcement units from across Southern California to learn from industry experts.

A Riverside Police Department MD 500E hovers to its landing spot at the Ontario International Airport. Skip Robinson Photo
A Riverside Police Department MD 500E hovers to its landing spot at the Ontario International Airport. Skip Robinson Photo

This year, former ALEA president Chief Kurt Frisz of the Wentville (Missouri) Police Department presented a session titled “Airborne Response to Critical Incidents, a Brief on the Air Support Response to the Ferguson Riots.” The presentation, which addressed the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri, from the perspective of airborne law enforcement, provided an opportunity for attendees to consider how Southern California airborne law enforcement units could support each other in the event of a similar incident.

A Pasadena Police Department Bell OH-58A+ comes into land. More than 20 law enforcement agencies were represented at the fly-in. Skip Robinson Photo
A Pasadena Police Department Bell OH-58A+ comes into land. More than 20 law enforcement agencies were represented at the fly-in. Skip Robinson Photo
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The attendees were treated to a lunch following the training, generously sponsored by Hangar One Avionics of Carlsbad, California. Approximately 100 people from more than 20 different law enforcement agencies attending the training.

An Apple Valley-based California Highway Patrol crew pose for the camera in front of their Airbus AS350 B3. Skip Robinson Photo
An Apple Valley-based California Highway Patrol crew pose for the camera in front of their Airbus AS350 B3. Skip Robinson Photo

“This is the third year we have hosted the fly-in, briefing and get together,” Ontario Air Support Sgt Steve Valvo told Vertical. “The aircrews who attend always seem to get something from spending time with other local air support units and gain from the discussions they have about local and national air support concerns.”

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