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    CAPT MICHAEL CRAIGHEAD

    Captain Michael Craighead


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    Since its inception in 1998, the Philadelphia Police Aviation Unit has served the citizens of Philadelphia as one of the premier airborne law enforcement entities in the region. Equipped with some of the most advanced technologies available, aircrews maintain vigilant patrol 365 days a year supporting uniformed patrol and special units.  

    As part of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Task Force, aircrews also provide a comprehensive airborne hoist search and rescue component responsible to the five county region surrounding Philadelphia and all navigable waterways in Sector Delaware Bay. Aircrews additionally conduct collaborative missions with Homeland Security and specialized units including SWAT and Counter Terrorism from the five county region.

    Despite possessing specialized training and specific mandates, the Aviation Unit prides itself on its primary mission; supplementing ground units with proactive patrol flights. On daily basis, aviation aircrews conduct multiple flights where they provide aerial support in the form of searches, scene illumination, and pursuit management. Aircrews continuously strive for excellence and take pride in providing this invaluable service as part of the Philadelphia Police Department, the citizens of the five county region.

     

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