The Metro Air Support Unit received one of the highest honors bestowed on law enforcement agencies with airborne capabilities. The Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission [PSAAC], an affiliate of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association [ALEA], recognized the unit as having achieved reaccreditation from the PSAAC assessors, who conducted an on-site assessment in June.
This award and recognition demonstrates commitment to providing the highest level of service and dedication to all of these standards. The recognition and awards were presented in late July to the supervisors of the Metro Air Support Unit during the ALEA Annual Conference and Exposition in Reno, Nevada.
The Metro Air Support Unit is a multi-agency effort staffed by police officers and supervisors from St. Charles County, St. Louis County and the St. Louis metro. The unit, which includes civilian mechanics, provides air support for the entire region.
It is the first multi-agency unit in the nation to have accomplished accreditation in 2014 and now reaccreditation in 2017. The standards evaluated are divided into five major areas of consideration: administration, flight operations, safety, training and maintenance.