Aviation Unit

The Aviation Unit maintains fixed and rotary wing aircraft for use in attaining goals and objectives relative to surveillance, controlled substance eradication, crime scene management, patrol, and crime prevention.

The Aviation Unit provides airborne law enforcement support to all units within the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Support includes search and rescue, surveillance, patrol flights, drug searches, traffic enforcement, aerial photography for investigation and courtroom presentation, searches for missing persons, missing boaters, and stolen vehicles.