The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is set to announce the formation of an Aviation Unit and the acquisition of its first helicopter unit next week.
The announcement will come at a news conference Tuesday at the Forest Hill Airpark, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said.
According to a flyer sent out by the Sheriff’s Office, the agency has acquired a Bell OH-58 helicopter, more commonly known as a Kiowa, a light observation helicopter in use by the Army since the late 1960s. It was unclear what variant of the OH-58 the helicopter was, its date of manufacture or purchase price; Kahler declined to provide additional details ahead of Tuesday’s event. Bell also manufactures a civilian variant, the Bell 206A JetRanger, which has seen wide commercial and law enforcement use.
“The addition of this helicopter serves as a new resource available to all Harford County law enforcement, and public safety agencies, in an effort to better serve and protect the citizens of Harford County,” the flyer stated in part. “We are excited to add this new dimension of law enforcement capabilities to our resources.”