Volunteer Pilots Sought: Redlands Police Recruiting for Air Support Unit
August 26, 2016
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  • The Redlands Police Department is recruiting volunteer pilots to participate in its Air Support Unit, RedHawk1.

    Pilots must be at least 21 years old with at least a private pilot’s license, current medical certificate and a minimum 300 Pilot in Command hours of flight time in a fixed-wing, general aviation aircraft with significant time in a Cessna 172.

    Volunteer pilots will be required to pass a background check, drug test and interview as well as explain their reason for volunteering and their flight experience. They will also be required to pass a flight test.

    Those selected must be able to fly at least one 5-hour shift per month and participate in trimester safety meetings.

    The Air Support Unit, using volunteer pilots, many of whom are retired law enforcement officers, and a specially outfitted Cessna 172 provides patrol and surveillance support to Redlands Police officers and special units on the ground.

    The Air Support Unit flies between 700 and 1,000 hours a year in a variety of duties, including patrolling the city’s streets, neighborhoods and canyon areas, assisting ground units, and providing surveillance assistance to specialized units. The Air Support Unit also provides support through a mutual aid agreement with the Fontana Police Department.

    The Air Support Unit serves as a force multiplier, dramatically increasing the crime control effectiveness of the Police Department’s current efforts.

    To volunteer, send an e-mail with your qualifications and contact information to or call (909) 798-7681.