Air Operations - FAST
For the past five years, the South Pasadena Police Department has been involved with the Foothill Air Support Program (FAST).
FAST is a regional Air Support partnership founded in 1999 by then Pasadena Chief of Police Bernard Melekian. FAST provides a regional law enforcement helicopter air support program to enhance public safety services in the San Gabriel Valley. FAST also assists with Homeland Security checks at major sporting events in the San Gabriel Valley.
Currently, FAST is a partnership between the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Covina, Glendora, Monrovia, Pasadena, Pomona, San Marino, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena.
Participation in FAST requires each agency to provide an officer to perform the role of an observer, called a “Tactical Flight Officer” (TFO), twice a month. The TFO monitors radio transmissions from the partnering cities and prioritizes which calls to respond to. From its aerial view, the TFO can coordinate ground units and other resources.