The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA, Booth No. 5945) a non-profit educational, individual membership organization supporting those who use aircraft for public safety, held an accreditation ceremony for the Metro Air Support Unit of St. Louis at Heli-Expo 2014. The unit earned accreditation from the Public Safety Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) for showing standards of excellence within its departments, which include the St. Louis Metropolitan Police, the St. Louis County Police and the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department.
“The process for accreditation through our commission takes about a year and a half,” explained Jim DiGiovanna, president, board of commissioners for the PSAAC. “It entails an extensive self-assessment by the department, followed by our review, and finally, an onsite audit by one of our commissioner,” he said.
The development of a public safety accreditation processes accelerated after NTSB chairwoman’s Deborah Hersman’s remarks in December 2011 at hearings held in Washington, D.C., over a lack of oversight in government public safety aviation operations and provider agencies.
ALEA provides networking systems and educational seminars for all facets of airborne law enforcement, and through its affiliation with PSAAC, accreditation services.