Executive Summary

The PUBLIC SAFETY AVIATION ACCREDITATION COMMISSION (PSAAC) is a non-profit California Corporation, formed under the provisions of IRS Code 501(c) 6 and an affiliate of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA).  Also known as the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC), the Commission consists of a team of dedicated law enforcement aviation professionals, both active and retired, whose core values are focused on the development of a common standard of safety for all law enforcement aviation units in the United States and Canada.  The Commission is also committed to providing guidance and direction to all law enforcement air units seeking validation of compliance with these Standards through an accreditation process. 

The Commission authored professional standards for law enforcement aviation operations that are applicable to all airborne law enforcement units regardless of size or branch of government.  The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) has adopted these Standards and supports their use as a guide for starting new aviation units and as recommended best practices for adoption and compliance by all law enforcement air units. 

ALEA’s adoption of these standards paved the way for the PSAAC to continue working toward developing a program by which air units could apply for and obtain accreditation, thereby validating their operation as meeting ALEA’s best practice standards.  These standards are designed to provide units a foundation of safe operating practices in the performance of their agency’s mission. The standards were formulated on what have been identified as the two highest priorities of an airborne law enforcement unit; “Safety First” in all aspects of the operation and providing effective aviation support services in the furtherance of the agency’s law enforcement mission. 

The PSAAC’s commitment to these priorities forms the foundation of the standards and the ensuing Accreditation Program.  Each standard is supported by and evaluated against measurable objectives.  Recommendations and guidelines are also offered as further explanation of the standard’s intent.

The Standards encompass all aspects of airborne law enforcement and have been divided into five major areas of consideration:  Administration, Flight Operations, Safety, Training and Maintenance.  The subsections within each area are intended to encompass the primary aspects of law enforcement aviation unit operations for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Accreditation Services

By enhancing safety procedures and standards, PSAAC/ALEAC helps bring flight units into full compliance with established industry standards. We are the premier public safety aviation compliance agency in the world and work with units throughout the US and Canada.

Standards & Benefits

The benefits of accreditation are nearly too numerous to list. From helping increase safety standards to cutting liability costs and increasing support from government agencies, meeting our aviation safety standards sets your agency apart from the rest.

The Commission’s Mission

As dedicated public safety aviation experts and professionals, our mission is to increase the safety and efficiency of all public safety aviation practices and participants. From law enforcement and fire units to individuals and outside agencies, we are dedicated to furthering our cause and the safety procedures many people depend upon.