The Metro Aviation Unit exemplifies the power of law enforcement agency partnerships. Three jurisdictions; Henrico, Richmond, and Chesterfield share the financial and operational responsibilities of the Metro Aviation Unit. These specially trained officers are FAA licensed pilots.
The Aviation Unit performs extradition transports extradited back to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The unit also provides aerial surveillance for foot and vehicle pursuits, traffic control, drug interdiction, and provide a perspective from above for fire fighting, accident scenes, and disaster damage.