The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department’s Aviation Unit currently operates two helicopters, a MH-6C, and an OH-6A, which provide air support to local municipalities, state and federal agencies. The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department’s Aviation Unit first launched in 1978, and has operated continuously since that time. The Aviation Unit is viewed as a Force Multiplier, and is frequently called to assist the Patrol Division with vehicle pursuits, or searches for missing persons. The Units primary goal is to increase the safety and effectiveness of patrol operations. The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department’s Aviation Unit, is the only full time Law Enforcement Aviation Unit in the Northern region of the State of Mississippi, and provides regional aerial support to surrounding counties, which encompass a geographical area of 4,200 square miles.