Tactical Air Patrol
In 2010, IMPD streamlined its helicopter fleet from four aircraft down to one. Because of its outstanding safety record and lower operating costs, the 1968 Bell 206B JetRanger remains in service today. The JetRanger incorporates an impressive avionics package which includes a FLIR U7500, the LE-5000 Aerocomputer with Digital Video Recording capabilities, video downlinking capability via a Broadband Microwave System (BMS), and the Nightsun Searchlight. With its Indianapolis based Rolls Royce engine, the Jet Ranger has a top speed of 130 knots. The standard flight crew consisting of a pilot and a tactical flight officer can remain on station for over 2.5 hours.
The mission of the IMPD Air One is equally as diverse as the career of law enforcement. Air Ones’ missions vary but readily include responding to crimes in progress, aerial surveillance, photographs or video, working with other Specialty Units such as Project Lifesaver and Indiana Task Force One.