Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony on Tuesday accepted the 2022 Leadership in Police Aviation Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the “exemplary form of leadership” demonstrated by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Aviation Unit.
With a watchful eye trained from above, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit protects Broward County residents and visitors. The outstanding efforts of the unit are well known locally and attract international recognition.
In 2020 and 2021, the Aviation Unit flew more than 6,500 missions, made nearly 900 arrests, and helped recover more than 500 stolen vehicles in Broward County. Their real-time information, which is relayed to the responding assistants, has contributed to increasing apprehensions and the safety of units on the ground. As the only agency providing airborne law enforcement capability to all of Broward County, the BSO Aviation Unit has also provided assistance to other law enforcement agencies over 1,500 times in those two years.
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The aviation unit consists of two pilot sergeants, five deputy sheriff pilots, six deputy sheriff tactical flight officers, and three aircraft technicians. They take great pride in their work and have used their skills to locate missing persons, lead ground units to recover stolen vehicles and firearms, assist in search and rescue operations in the Everglades and off the coast. , and capture an on-camera shot that resulted in the shooter’s arrest. This incident led to the national recognition of two members of the unit.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the success and continued dedication of members of the Aviation Unit,” said Sheriff Gregory Tony. “No matter the hour, no matter the call, they possess an unrelenting desire to serve and protect Broward County. Their efforts have made this community a safer place. I am thrilled to further enhance the performance and capabilities of our aviation unit with the acquisition of new state-of-the-art helicopters.