Why Is the Chopper in the Sky? New Fairfax County Police Site Can Tell You

Fairfax County Police Helicopter/Credit: FCPDOne of the most popular questions we get here at Reston Now is “why is there a helicopter overhead?”

Often, we have to wait for the Fairfax County Police to tell us why. But now readers can go right to the source.

Fairfax County Police’s helicopter division has launched a new page  dedicated to the comings and goings of Fairfax 1, the police helicopter.

The Helicopter Division provides tactical police aviation support, aeromedical evacuation, search & rescue, and other specialized air support as needed within Fairfax County, and supports other jurisdictions as needed, FCPD says.

The chopper goes into the air for a variety of reasons. Among them in the last week: pursuing a suspect, robbery, suicide attempt, and DUI.

The site will list the missions and locations flown by Fairfax 1 in the last week, and also had links to Frequently Asked Questions and upcoming events.

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