Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Analyze and discuss the benefits and drawbacks that an airborne law enforcement unit imposes on a community and the unit’s parent agency.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical beginnings of airborne law enforcement and track events that have re-shaped the profession since inception, including the post Vietnam War and post 9/11 eras.
3. Interpret the emergence of private providers of airborne law enforcement platforms, research the issues that would lead an agency to pursue these options as opposed to having its own aircraft and examine the profit motives of private versus government providers.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and the drawbacks to hiring pilots who are certified law enforcement officers versus hiring civilian only pilots.
5. Understand, describe and apply the practice of the U.S. military providing aerial platforms for civilian law enforcement use and to understand the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (18 U.S.C. 1385) and how the act relates to the U.S. military and civilian law enforcement.
6. Understand and explain the unique and overlapping roles that airborne law enforcement possess at all levels of government (local, state and federal) including the United States Coast Guard.
7. Analyze and apply Title 10 USC, Section 2576a, Excess personal property; sale or donation for law enforcement activities – specifically the various issues (maintenance, parts, accident statistics) surrounding the military transferring excess aircraft to civilian law enforcement entities.
8. Analyze and discuss the issues surrounding law enforcement agencies performing medical evacuation missions and the political and economic issues surrounding private competition for such missions.
9. Evaluate Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) accident statistics as they relate to airborne law enforcement.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of the administrative issues of day to day operations including tracking performance measures, standard operating procedures, progressive maintenance programs and the management of information within and throughout the airborne law enforcement organization.
11. Demonstrate knowledge of learning outcomes one (1) through ten (10) by leading and participating in class discussion and by developing presentations on learning outcomes for critique by the instructor and fellow students.
12. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)