Houston Police officer Ray Hunt thinks a department helicopter saved his life. He was chasing a parole violator into the woods at night. A police helicopter kept the suspect, armed with a TEC-9 submachine pistol, pinned down and lit up until Hunt and fellow officers could subdue and disarm him. Without the helicopter “he would have killed us when we walked into those woods,” Hunt said.
Houston Police Department
The Columbus Police Division Helicopter Unit and the Houston Police Department Air Support Division today became the first two airborne units to become accredited through the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC).
Certification is awarded after an assessment of the entire air support operation according to professional standard guidelines applicable to all airborne law enforcement units.