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Winnipeg Police Service Flight Operations Unit
The primary purpose of the Flight Operations Unit (FOU) is to support all operational and investigative Service units in the detection of criminal acts and the apprehension of suspects.  The Flight Operations is also trained and equipped to assist WPS units and external agencies in the search efforts for missing and vulnerable persons.  The Flight Operations Unit provides an aerial platform for the Winnipeg Police Service and partner agencies for a wide range of mission types.

Air crews provide assistance with the following, weather permitting:

  • Response to crimes in progress for aerial containment and investigation
  • Infrared searches for suspects and evidence, and co-ordination of ground response
  • Tracking and surveillance of suspect vehicles during police pursuits and subsequent co-ordination of ground resources
  • Illumination of crime scenes, collision scenes, vehicle stops, search areas, disturbances, and foot pursuits
  • Aerial searches for missing or lost persons
  • Aerial reconnaissance and photography or videotaping of crime scenes, traffic collisions, high-risk incidents or remote areas
  • Aerial platform for Emergency Services for major fires, environmental disasters, or other major incidents
  • Infrared Scans to provide evidence of illegal grow operations relating to drug investigations
  • Rapid deployment of Canine Unit members to remote locations under exigent circumstances

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Here's a peek at what we're seeing when working in the air:


The Team

The Unit was formed with the following structure:

  • Chief Pilot (permanent civilian employee) – one
  • Line Pilot (sworn police officer) - one
  • Line Pilot (permanent civilian employee) – one
  • Tactical Flight Officers (TFO) – four
  • Unit Coordinator/TFO (Patrol Sergeant)- one
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (contract) – one

The Winnipeg Police Service Flight Operations Unit is a member of
the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.


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"An Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency"
Last update: July 19, 2019

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