Lt. Kenneth J. Solosky retired after 21 years of service with the New York City Police Department and had been assigned to the Warrant Division and as a police academy instructor, serving in the ranks and assignments as a. patrol officer, patrol sergeant, lieutenant, and patrol platoon commander, He retired as the Chief Pilot/Director of Training in the NYPD Aviation Unit. Ken recently was appointed the Chief Pilot for the Newark, NJ Police Aviation Unit. Ken has a BA degree in Public Administration from St. John's University and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot ratings in both airplanes and helicopters, is a certified flight instructor and a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
In our fast paced, high stress, action packed industry why does it always seem like we die during very routine operations.
Most have no idea how much of an impact Safety Management Systems are having.
The recent anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 always is a time of reflection and remembrance. It also always raises the question; will an attack happen again?
Perhaps not too far in the future, police officers will patrol with their own helicopter.
Obviously, administrations will be challenged to continue to provide exceptional police services with less.
No mater what our assignment, the danger is always present. It is our job to remain vigilant and alert and consider all threats to make it home at the end of the day.
Over the past several years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been putting together an online course for the first responder community and recently, the course was rolled out.
As law enforcement professionals, we must ask ourselves, is general aviation a significant terror threat or just a red herring?
Although the idea of flight crews strapping on Kevlar vests as part of their safety equipment is remote, if there are many more incidents like in Virginia that might just become a reality!
Requests are rare, but how do we help out at a landing zone?
Past history has shown that once a police airborne unit has been disbanded and the assets sold off, it is very rare for the unit to ever be re-established.
Police Units working as a team including our four legged partners make criminals sweat!
The event unfolded like a Hollywood blockbuster. For Swedish police it was not.
Airborne law enforcement aircraft can be a valuable tool in major events
What is the flight crew thinking during a mission? Above all else, safety of flight is an absolute priority!