(Left to right) Lt. Mike Cendan, Capt. Matthew Walker,
Master Sgt. Gary Schluter, and Master Sgt. Luis Badia
hold their well-earned award from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association
for successfully completing the ALEAC accreditation program.
The Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission awarded the FHP Aviation Unit full accreditation July 13 at the commission’s annual conference. FHP’s aviation unit is the third law enforcement airborne unit in the United States and the first state law enforcement airborne unit to be accredited by ALEAC.
FHP dedicated time and resources to enhance policies and procedures that encompass new safety, maintenance and training requirements, which led to successful accreditation.
Since 1962, the aviation unit’s mission has been to support ground troopers through aerial traffic enforcement, surveillance, LoJack stolen vehicle tracking, photography, disaster relief supply, equipment and personnel transportation, medical relays, roadway patrols, and other services as requested.
Today’s fleet of eight Cessna single-engines and one Piper twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, the aviation unit provides the services it historically has in the past but with a robust capability and a safe operating environment that is second to none.
The accreditation confirms the Patrol’s commitment to providing the highest quality of service to motorists in Florida. Congratulations to the FHP Aviation Unit.