Kenneth J. Solosky retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 2007 after twenty one years of service as a Lieutenant/Chief Pilot/Director of Training in the Aviation Unit. His other assignments within the police department have included: patrol, patrol sergeant, patrol platoon commander, the Warrant Division and Police Academy instructor. Ken is licensed as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) in both airplanes & helicopters and is a certified helicopter flight instructor.
Ken has ratings as an advanced ground and instrument ground instructor. Ken is a certified New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) currently serving as an EMT and Commissioner in the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. After retirement from the NYPD, he was appointed the Chief Pilot for the Newark, NJ Police Department Aviation Unit. He flies part-time with “Hoverviews Unlimited”, the premier aerial cinematography company on the east coast of the United States and with a nationally known architectural firm operating a Falcon 10 and Cessna 421 airplane. He also works part-time as an instructor in the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System Emergency Management and Corporate Security Departments.
Ken is the founder, president and lead instructor for Code Red Training Inc., an aviation, emergency medical, safety and security training company.
During his assignment to the NYPD Aviation Unit, Ken held the position of Operations Supervisor as a Sergeant, Director of Flight Operations, Director of Training, Integrity Control Officer & Chief Pilot as a Lieutenant.
Ken has taught and lectured domestically and internationally in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada and China on training, counter-terrorism, personnel issues, leadership, and airborne law enforcement operations. In addition, Ken writes monthly columns, titled “Police Airborne Operations” for Officer.com, and “Police Aviation” for LawOfficer.com, two online law enforcement magazines. He is also a regular contributor to the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s magazine “Airbeat” and “Professional Pilot” magazine. He has also written articles in various law enforcement/emergency response magazines.
Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from St. John’s University in New York and is pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Ken is an avid musician, having played the drums since he was a young boy. He is proud to have represented the NYPD in musical performances on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Good Morning America”, the World Festival of Police Concert Bands in Tokyo, Japan and every major New York City Parade including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ken is a lifelong resident of Mineola, NY where he resides with his beautiful wife Susan, and their two wonderful sons; Kenneth and Patrick. They serve as the lights of his life.
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Despite potential, some police UAVs in a holding pattern–
While unmanned aerial system technologies continue to be developed and deployed in places, local and federal regulations keep some departments grounded
The role of police air units in domestic counterterrorism–
Airborne patrols can be discreet — working in more of an observation and detection role — or the patrols can be very active and visible in a deterrence role
Working together with aviation, maritime, and SWAT–
During a complex and changing major incident, the entire specialized unit package must act, think, and work as one in order to succeed
Use air support to run thieves back to you–
The bad guys adjust their tactics and behavior based on reality TV shows, their own “training,” and knowledge of how we operate. A few years back, a major East Coast city was dubbed the “car theft capital of the world” and everyone knew that if the police gave chase, the bad guys could simply drive out of the city and the cops would terminate the pursuit. Once the agency obtained a helicopter, things changed.
Cop or bad guy? Help them know from the air.–
For airborne units searching visually or with the forward looking infra red (FLIR), it can get very difficult for crews to distinguish between good guys and bad guys, particularly if plainclothes officers are searching.
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