Air Patrol

The mission of the Air Patrol has matured over the years; it now primarily focuses on support for law enforcement and public safety and support for search and rescue operations.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Air Patrol Operations Unit was incorporated in 1951. The Air Patrol accomplishes its tasks through the use of over 20 volunteer pilots. Each year this group of pilots donates approximately 1,800 hours in missions, aerial patrols, aircraft maintenance, training, and meetings. 

The MCSO Air Patrol serves at the pleasure of the Sheriff. A Sheriff’s Lieutenant is appointed as the liaison between the Sheriff and the volunteer members of the Air Patrol. That lieutenant oversees the operations and approves the missions of the Air Patrol. The Air Patrol command structure itself consists of a member elected captain who manages the daily operations of the unit with assistance from a lieutenant and a secretary/treasurer. Pilots rotate every month into the mission coordinator position. The mission coordinator is responsible for facilitating and directing personnel and resources for all missions.