17-Dec-2015 Source: HeliHub.com
Shelby County deputies in Alabama will be patrolling from above this holiday season in a newly acquired ex-military surplus Bell TH-67 Creek helicopter. Deputies will be able to observe traffic, watch for suspicious activity, and deter criminal acts using the helicopter which has the same markings displayed on our patrol cars. Two deputies – a pilot and an observer – will bring a new dimension to this Alabama county’s move in creating an aviation division.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “The Shelby County Commission has partnered with our agency to provide the citizens and visitors of Shelby County a patrol helicopter. The benefits of this partnership are countless. A patrol helicopter is not restricted by traffic congestion and can cover a lot of area in a short time span. The helicopter can fly low, to deter criminal activity, or fly high and provide crucial information to deputies below.”
Captain Jeff Hartley is the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office primary pilot. Captain Hartley retired from Tuscaloosa Police Department where he served as one of their Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilots for five years. Captain Hartley also served twenty-four years in the U.S. Air Force
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com