The Fontana Police Air Support Unit began operation in 1996 with two Robinson R44 Raven II police helicopters. Each helicopter is equipped with a powerful searchlights, forward looking infrared (FLIR), color video camera, GPS mapping, PA / siren, computer, Lo-Jack, and radios for both communication and navigation. This police helicopter can cruise at 130 mph and carry three passengers.
The primary mission of the Fontana Police Air Support Unit is to support the patrol officer on the street. The helicopter is a very effective tool to put law enforcement on scene quickly overhead of crimes in progress. In addition to assisting patrol officers, the aircraft also provides aerial photography, an aerial platform for disaster response, aerial surveillance, and occasionally assists other agencies within the County of San Bernardino.