Air Support Unit
R-492 PTL. RANDY PATTERSON
R-493 PTL. S. B. PATTERSON
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department Air Support Unit is force multiply that is avalable to assist not only the officers of the Sheriff's Department but all law enforcement, fire, emergency management and search and rescue units at the local, state and federal levels.
The Air Unit flies and maintains an OH-58 helicopter that was obtained by the Department in 1995 from the military surplus program.
Our missions typically include assisting ground units, drug eradication, searches for missing persons and fugutives, aerial photography of crime scenes and aerial patrol to name a few.
The Air Unit is available on a limited basis for static displays through the approval of the Sheriff.