Aero Squadron

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Photograph of Aero Squadron Membership in 2012

The Palm Springs Police Aero Squadron is a volunteer auxiliary unit of the Palm Springs Police Department. The Aero Squadron's inception was in the early seventies. It is comprised of pilots and observers whose expertise range from ex-airline pilots, commercial and instrument rated to private pilots. The average flying time per pilot is 2,500 hours.

The Aero Squadron has its own plane, a Cessna 182 with short takeoff and landing kit. This enables the plane to fly at slow speeds for observing activities in the canyon or to assist the Police Department in tracking vehicles or people. The Cessna is also able to take off and land on short runways. The Aero Squadron has its own hangar at the Palm Springs International Airport. 

The objectives of this organization are:

  • To maintain an organization comprised of a group of pilots who aid law enforcement.
  • To furnish planes and personnel for law enforcement, search and rescue. Transporting police officers to speak to potential witnesses, to identify suspected felons, to attend meetings with other police officers.
  • Transporting City personnel on City business, and other designated Aero Squadron activities anywhere within the Continental United States with approval of the Aero Squadron Coordinator.
  • To conduct aerial search for downed or lost aircraft or for lost or distressed persons; to assist duly authorized members of the news media in time of disaster or need, at the call and direction of the Palm Springs Police Department, or for the assistance of any other governmental agency approved by the Chief of Police, Palm Springs Police Department.
  • To support and participate in activities promoting the betterment and welfare of aviation.
  • To unite our members in a close bond of fellowship by our common interest in aviation and law enforcement.

Palm Springs Police Aero Squadron
P.O. Box 1830
Palm Springs, CA 92263

Lt. Abshire, Coordinator    Sgt. Shawn Flinn, Coordinator 
(760) 323-8119   (760) 318-3801