The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their recent accreditation for their Air Operations Program. The CHP is now one of only 10 air operation programs in the U.S. to have such accreditation. They received their accreditation from the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) at the recent Airborne Law Enforcement Associate Expo, which was held in Savannah, Georgia in July. The CHP is now the largest state agency to have completed the PSAAC’s accreditation process. This concludes a three-year program for implementation of industry standards intended to promote safety throughout the airborne law enforcement community.
PSAAC Accreditation Phases
- Unit assessment
- Commission review
- Maintaining compliance and re-accreditation
PSAAC Accreditation Process
The PSAAC accreditation process consists of five different phases. From initial enrollment to compliance and re-accreditation, the CHP Air Operations Program has been examined and assessed in areas including administrative, operational, safety, training and maintenance standards. Since this is an on-going process, the CHP will participate in ongoing periodic on-site assessments to ensure compliance with all PSAAC standards.
History of CHP’s Air Operations
The CHP has had an air operations program since the late 1960s. At this time, the CHP has 15 airplanes and 15 helicopters. In 2015, CHP air operations flew 8,633 search missions, 396 rescue missions and saved 14 lives. The CHP air fleet assists in field operations and allied agencies in emergency response, homeland security, rural roadway patrol, speed enforcement, special events and transportation. According to the CHP, there are more than 170 CHP pilots and flight officers in eight air units across the State of California. They provide service to public and allied agencies.
Public Safety on California Roadways
The CHP’s Air Operations Program is just another tool for improving public safety on roadways across California. Keeping roadways safe is everybody’s responsibility though, so drivers need to make a commitment to distraction-free driving and help keep roadways safe for all roadway users. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free consultation.