DETROIT, MI – On May 12th, 2021, Michigan State Police Trooper One assisted Detroit Police with a fleeing driver during its patrol over the district Wednesday night.
Michigan State Police aviation conduct patrols over the district nightly.
Some things you might not know about MSP’s aviation unit:
MSP’s Aviation Unit works closely with all Michigan law enforcement agencies, as well as the Michigan National Guard and the United States Coast Guard air stations.
- Search and Rescue
- Traffic Enforcement
- Traffic Control
- Aerial Observation
- Border and Drug Team Surveillance
- Inland Search and Rescue
- Investigative and Administrative Flights
- Marijuana Eradication
- Thermal Imagery
- Suspect/Evidence Transports
- Special Events Security and Surveillance
The Aviation Unit has a fleet of aircraft based out of Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport, with satellite offices in Saginaw and Ypsilanti. Aircraft include a Beech King Air 90, Cessna 182R, Bell 206L3, Bell 407GX, and three Aeryon SkyRanger Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). Aviation also uses a downlink truck, which receives live video feeds from the helicopters or UAS, providing ground commanders with increased situational awareness of critical incidents.