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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Metro Air Support of Saint Louis Receives ALEA Accreditation

—By Frank Lombardi

The three agencies that make up Metro Air Support of St. Louis were presented with a plaque signifying their satisfactory completion of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation (ALEA) program. The Standards for Law Enforcement Aviation Units were developed and are maintained by the ALEA Commission, Inc. dba, Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) under contract to ALEA.

The standards are intended to provide a foundation of safe operating practices in the performance of the unit’s mission. ALEA has adopted the standards as best practices and supports the need for the standards to be used as a guide for new aviation units, and as recommended practices to be reviewed and adopted by all law enforcement aviation units.

Sgt. Dino Orlando of the St. Louis Metro PD said, “Accreditation is a great way of synchronizing all three of the departments’ standard operating procedures into one manual.”

Metro Air Support of St. Louis is made up of officers from St. Louis Metro PD, St. Louis County PD, and the St. Charles County Sheriff. Collectively they operate two OH6As and four MD500Es, out of one common hangar in Chesterfield, Mo.

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