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Air Support Unit

Air Support Unit
30 Cajon St., Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 798-7681 • Fax (909) 798-7639

Shawn Ryan, Unit Commander 
Telephone (909) 798-7631

Travis Martinez, Unit Lieutenant
Telephone (909) 557-6583

Steve Crane, Unit Sergeant
Telephone (909) 798-7681

 Officer Wayne Reid, Unit Manager
Telephone (909) 798-7681


 

 

 

  

The Air Support Unit of the Redlands Police Department took flight in May 2007 in a specially outfitted Cessna 172 purchased with drug asset seizure funds.  Since 2007 the Air Support Unit has logged over 4,320 hours of flight time in a variety of duties, including patrolling the city’s streets, neighborhoods and canyon areas, assisting ground units and providing surveillance assistance to specialized units.  The Redlands Police Department Air Support Unit also provides patrol and surveillance support to Redlands Police patrol officers and special units such as the Multiple Enforcement Team and Narcotics Unit.  The Air Support Unit serves as a force multiplier, dramatically increasing the crime control effectiveness of the police department’s current efforts.  In September 2012, our air support unit joined a regional air support operation, on a trial basis, with the cities of Fontana, Rialto, and Colton.  The Redlands Police airplane, Redhawk1, assists with air support for patrol and surveillance assistance for the cities involved in the regionalized operation.

The program is paid for solely out of drug asset seizure funds, taken from local drug dealers, a portion of which is returned to the local law enforcement agency specifically for use in narcotics-related law enforcement purposes.  None of the program’s funding comes from the City’s General Fund, the money used to pay for traditional city obligations such as street maintenance and repair, tree trimming, police and firefighters and other personnel.

The Air Support Unit is staffed solely by citizen volunteers, except for the one full time officer assigned as the unit manager and tactical flight observer.  The unit currently has 25 volunteer pilots and 8 volunteer co-pilots, some of whom are retired law enforcement officers.  Volunteers within the Air Support Unit are required to remain in “good standing” with the unit by attending quarterly safety meetings, volunteering a minimum of five (5) hours of service to the unit per month, maintaining a current pilot’s license and medical certificate (pilot position only), and adhering to the unit’s Rules and Regulations, other written and verbal orders and standard operating procedures, and the Redlands Police Department policy manual.  To date (end of 2013), volunteers within the Air Support unit have donated 17,177 for an approximate $1,047,797 savings to the city.

Air Support Unit statistics in calendar year 2013:

Calls for Service – 1781

Flight Hours – 670.2

Missing persons searches – 14

Felony Arrest Assists – 91

Misdemeanor Arrest Assists – 29

ASU initiated arrests – 1

Response Time

Ground - 6 min

Air - 1 min

Stolen Property Recovered - $79,300

Seized Narcotics value - $1,214,980

Canyon & Park checks – 898

 

Volunteer Pilot Opportunities

 

The Redlands Police Department is recruiting volunteer pilots to participate in the department's Air Support Unit.

Pilots must be at least 21 years old with at least a private pilot’s license, current medical certificate and a minimum 300 hours flight time in a fixed-wing, general aviation aircraft with significant time in a Cessna 172.

Volunteer pilots will be required to pass a background check and interview as well as explain their reason for volunteering and their flight experience. They will also be required to pass a flight test.

Those selected must be able to fly at least one 5-hour shift per month and participate in quarterly training sessions.

The Air Support Unit, using volunteer pilots, many of whom are retired law enforcement officers, and a specially outfitted Cessna 172 will provide patrol and surveillance support to Redlands Police officers and special units on the ground.

The Air Support Unit will fly approximately 800 to1,000 hours per year in a variety of duties, including patrolling the city’s streets, neighborhoods and canyon areas, assisting ground units and providing surveillance assistance to specialized units.

To volunteer, download the pilot application, or call (909) 335-4744.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yesterday

  1. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Today

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Tomorrow

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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Saturday, August 2nd

  1. Celebration of Healthy Living - Saturday Morning Farmers' Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • To kick off the City's new SNAP/EBT electronic benefits capability at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market and as part of the City’s Healthy Redlands initiative, the City of Redlands is sponsoring a Celebration of Healthy Living at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market in Ed Hales Park from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2.

      This free event will include composting with worms, gardening and water conservation demonstrations; cooking demonstrations; information on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and health care programs; as well as free face-painting for kids, games and prizes. The Saturday Farmers' Market is located in the City parking lot adjacent to Ed Hales Park south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets.

      Presentations on the stage at Ed Hales Park will include:

      Zumba Fitness for Adults at 8:45 a.m.
      Zumba Fitness for Youth at 9:30 a.m.
      Tai Chi at 10:15 a.m.
      Tumbling for Fun at 11 a.m.

      Free shuttle service will be available every 30 minutes from the Redlands Community Center at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. to the Farmers Market.

      Additional participants and presenters include:

      The Cooking Block - Cooking Classes and C.E.N.T.E.R. Management Program
      UCCE Master Gardener Demonstrations - Container Herb Gardening and Vermi-composting (composting with worms!)
      San Bernardino Master Food Preservers
      Molina Health Care - Managing Your Health Care Needs
      YMCA of the East Valley - Youth Development and Healthy Living Programs
      Redlands Community Hospital - Health Education Programs
      Building A Generation - Family Resource Center
      Social Action Community Health Services - Low Cost Health Care Programs
      IEHP - Super Hero Nutricia Fighting Childhood Obesity!
      County of San Bernardino - Children & Family Services Programs
      City of Redlands - Water Efficient Gardening
      County of San Bernardino - Nutrition Programs
      County of San Bernardino - Transitional Assistance Department-SNAP/EBT
      City of Redlands - Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market
      County of San Bernardino - Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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Monday, August 4th

  1. Environmental Review Committee
  2. Tango classes
    • Start time: 06:45pm
    • End date: Monday, August 4th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Tango Classes to begin at the Redlands Community Center

      Come and enjoy tango lessons in a comfortable and fun setting. Tango lessons will be taught on Mondays beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 25. Class runs from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person; partners are not required.

      Space is limited, so sign up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation/classes. For more information, please call Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

      All classes are held at the Redlands Community Center multipurpose room. The Redlands Community Center is located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572.

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Tuesday, August 5th

  1. Summer Reading Program #7
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Our final act of the summer will be One World, One Rhythm. Join us in the Contemporary Club for a musical adventure with these great musicians.

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  2. Summer Reading Program Finale
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • The In-N-Out Food Truck will be here for our Grand Finale to serve lunch to all of our Summer Reading participants. This will be a first come, first serve event. There will be a grilled cheese sandwich option for those who are vegetarians.

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  3. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  4. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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  5. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, August 6th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, August 7th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, August 7th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission
  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, August 7th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, August 8th

  1. Guan Fei art exhibition
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Friday, August 8th
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • The A. K. Smiley Public Library, in cooperation with the California Center for Culture and Arts, will host a three-day exhibition of paintings by renowned artist Guan Fei from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8-10.

      Born in Qingdao, China, Guan Fei began his artistic studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Qingdao. In 2011, Guan graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.

      Although he has had several exhibitions in China, this will be his first in the United States. In 2013, Guan spent several months in Redlands, developing a deep admiration for the community. During his visit he was inspired to paint a beautiful new series of landscapes and building portraits entitled Redlands: Southern California's Village of Orange Groves. Twenty of these works will be featured at the Smiley Library’s exhibit.

      Through a translator Guan stated that the exhibit is an expression of the love he has developed for Redlands. “The theme of the exhibit is ‘Smile and Embrace.’ The name Smiley is so similar to smile, and the community has embraced me and I desire to return that affection.”

      "Guan Fei’s passion for our town is readily apparent in his work," commented Library Director Don McCue. "I'm certain our patrons will enjoy his depictions of some of Redlands’ landmark buildings and impressive landscapes".

      The A.K. Smiley Public Library is located at 125 W. Vine St. in Redlands. For further information please consult the library's website www.akspl.org or call 909-798-7565.

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Saturday, August 9th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, August 9th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, August 9th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, August 9th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. Guan Fei art exhibition
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Saturday, August 9th
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • The A. K. Smiley Public Library, in cooperation with the California Center for Culture and Arts, will host a three-day exhibition of paintings by renowned artist Guan Fei from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8-10.

      Born in Qingdao, China, Guan Fei began his artistic studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Qingdao. In 2011, Guan graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.

      Although he has had several exhibitions in China, this will be his first in the United States. In 2013, Guan spent several months in Redlands, developing a deep admiration for the community. During his visit he was inspired to paint a beautiful new series of landscapes and building portraits entitled Redlands: Southern California's Village of Orange Groves. Twenty of these works will be featured at the Smiley Library’s exhibit.

      Through a translator Guan stated that the exhibit is an expression of the love he has developed for Redlands. “The theme of the exhibit is ‘Smile and Embrace.’ The name Smiley is so similar to smile, and the community has embraced me and I desire to return that affection.”

      "Guan Fei’s passion for our town is readily apparent in his work," commented Library Director Don McCue. "I'm certain our patrons will enjoy his depictions of some of Redlands’ landmark buildings and impressive landscapes".

      The A.K. Smiley Public Library is located at 125 W. Vine St. in Redlands. For further information please consult the library's website www.akspl.org or call 909-798-7565.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

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