CMPD’s Aviation Unit Receives New Helicopter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Aviation Unit has received a new helicopter equipped with technology and features that will raise their capabilities to new heights, according to a news release.

“So far this year, the Aviation Unit is responsible for 199 direct arrests, 221 assisted arrests, 81 vehicle recoveries and locating 38 missing people,” CMPD said in a news release. “They are a tremendous resource that serves to increase the safety of both officers and the community.”

The Aviation Unit now has a brand new, 2021 Bell 407 GXi Helicopter equipped with the newest technologies and features to perform their duties in a safer and more efficient manner.

The new helicopter has a HD video camera that will allow them to see and record events in far greater detail than in the past, and an HD thermal imager will supplement this camera by locating heat sources when vision is impaired such as in low-light conditions. It is also equipped with a 40-million candlepower search light, which has an optional infrared filter that can be used by our specialized units when they need to work in the dark to bring situations to a safe conclusion, police said. A digital microwave video downlink can also transmit HD video and thermal imagery to the CMPD Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and Command Center to help coordinate efforts.