The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit was formed in 1990. The unit is currently made up of three pilots who are on-call 24 hours a day. When they're not flying, the pilots -- all sworn law-enforcement deputies -- have regular assignments within the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office owns a fixed-gear Cessna 182 aircraft, obtained several years ago through the drug-profit forfeiture process. The aircraft is a great tool in many different law-enforcement operations -- including search and rescue, traffic patrol, vehicle pursuits, marijuana eradication, SWAT operations, and any other situation where an aerial view is critical.
The Aviation Unit is a valuable resource for the Sheriff's Office and other law-enforcement agencies in Clackamas County and the surrounding area.