Night Vision Award Winners Honored at ALEA

The Night Vision Awards were presented at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Annual Trade Show and Convention in Orlando, Florida at the Peabody hotel July 18 with more than 200 people in attendance.

The DeKalb County Police Department, Kern County Sheriffs Office, Minnesota State Patrol Aviation, and the Sarasota County Sheriffs Aviation unit were presented with a 5- year service award.

The City of Albuquerque Police Department Air Support Unit, Martin County Sheriffs Office, and Tucson Police Air support Unit were all presented with a 10- year service award.

In addition to the 5-year and 10-year service awards, The Community Awareness award was also presented. The Community Awareness Award was awarded to the Minnesota State Aviation Patrol for an inspiring story in which a man who was lost and trapped in quicksand in May of 2012 was saved by flight officers using night vision goggles (NVGs) to pick up the light from the victims cell phone.

The Mark of Excellence Award was presented to the DeKalb County Police Department, who show a dedication to quality and excellence in their operation with NVGs.

Nominations are accepted year round. Any flight operation using any Night Vision systems is eligible for consideration. Award nomination packets can be downloaded or filled out at A full list of previous winners and award description can also be found on the website.