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FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT
AIR SUPPORT UNIT-SKYWATCH
ANNUAL STATS 2015

In 2015 the Air Unit was successful in accomplishing their set goal to increase flight time and productivity from the previous years due to the economic crisis that the city and nation faced. The Air Unit was drastically reduced in flight hours and personnel size from 2010-2012. In 2015, the Air Unit was able to add a sworn command pilot, increase flight time, operate 5 nights per week, and add day patrol flights.

The Unit had significant increases in multiple categories. In 2015 the Air Support Unit increased their calls for service, handling 2,794 calls and able to cancel 285 ground units to make them available for other calls for service. They surpassed the previous year in flight time and increased their flight hours by flying a total of 1,371 total flight hours.

Fresno PD Air Support continues to provide safety from the sky for the community and officers on the ground. Skywatch will continue to strive for nightly coverage to protect our community and officers on a daily basis.

2015 ANNUAL AIR SUPPORT UNIT
HELICOPTER STATS

Year

 2010

 2011

 2012

 2013

2014 2015

Incidents

2,679 1,510 1,781 2,582 2,552 2,794

Arrests

299 127 97 112 142 234

Flight Hours

1,356.9 846.8 777.4 1068.6 1047.4 1371.3

1st on Scene

58% 60% 62% 62% 65% 71%

Avg. Resp Time

36 sec 31 sec 35 sec 26 sec 30 sec 39 sec

Units Cancelled

126 126 166 218 296 234

Stolen/Rec Prop

$87,000 $21,200 $35,300 $204,000 $112,177 $313,254

Pursuits

28 18 20 27 25 28

OVERALL HELICOPTER STATS: 1996 THROUGH 2015

Incidents

55,618

Arrests

5,580

Accident Free Flight Hours

26,102.3

1st on Scene

65%

Avg. Response Time

34 seconds

Units Cancelled

3,259

Stolen/Recovered Property

$4,503,066.60

Pursuits

558