CMPD Aviation Unit Upgrades Will Increase Officer, Community Safety

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Aviation Unit recently received upgrades that officials say will increase both officer and community safety.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) Josh Baswell highlighted some of the new equipment that will allow CMPD’s two helicopters to better serve the community.

Watch that entire news conference below:

A new gyro-stabilized camera system is among the upgrades announced. Officials say it features a high sensitivity color camera and a high definition Infrared camera that allows for image enhancement, integration with the aircrafts’ downlink and Aerocomputer systems, and simultaneous broadcasting of images and area mapping to the CMPD’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and Command Center.

A new search light, which will allow the TFO to “light up an entire football field” or focus on a single vehicle, is also among the new Aviation Unit enhancements.

CMPD says the two helicopter units have logged more than 650 hours of flight time and responded to nearly 1900 calls for service. The Aviation Unit has also been directly responsible for 220 arrests, assisted in 248 other arrests, and helped locate several missing persons during that time.