The DeKalb County, Alabama, Sheriff's Office has added a new helicopter to serve residents. The county has miles of wilderness and natural resources, and with that comes many challenges for law enforcement.
The county has one of the highest call rates for aviation assets in the state and has always had to rely on outside agencies to assist in operations. Now it will be able to respond much faster to emergencies involving children and elderly who have become lost; locating lost hikers and victims of falls in wilderness areas; forest fires; and assisting deputies and police on the ground in need. It will be a countywide asset and available for mutual aid.
The purchase was made possible by donations, grants, and volunteer support, and has not cost the taxpayers of DeKalb County anything.