The McLennan County Sheriff's Department Aviation Unit has been in operation for over 20 years. The unit consists of 3 OH-58 Bell Helicopters that were obtained through the Federal 1208 surplus aircraft program at no cost to the taxpayers of the county.
Chief Pilot Shawn Nixon and Pilot Richard Studer operate this aircraft.
The aircraft is used to supplement ground units for patrol. The main mission of the Aviation Unit is the detection and eradication of drugs and drug dealers in McLennan County. Additional mission include:
Search and rescue
The aircraft are not used to transport prisoners.
The unit responds to calls for assistance from public safety agencies within the county as well as surrounding counties. The Aviation Unit can be reached through the Sheriff's Office dispatcher at 254-757-5222.