The Lexington Police Department's Air Support Unit is assigned to the Bureau of Special Operations and operates from Bluegrass Airport.
Formed in 2005, the unit currently utilizes two, Bell OH-58C helicopters for various public safety missions. Air Support aircraft are primarily used to support patrol operations such as:
- Vehicle and foot pursuits
- Command and control of major incidents
- Other public safety missions
The aircraft are equipped with a FLIR thermal imaging camera, 30-million candlepower spotlight, GPS tactical mapping system, and advanced communications gear. The aircrew consists of a Pilot and a Tactical Flight Officer.