9-2-13. LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS BY CIVIL AND MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS

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  • 9-2-13. LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS BY CIVIL AND MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS

    1. Law enforcement alerts.
      1. Aircraft lookouts must not be distributed outside the FAA.
        • REFERENCE
        • FAA Order 1600.29, Law Enforcement Alert Message System.
        • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 2-7-7, Cooperation With Law Enforcement Agencies.
      2. Stolen aircraft alerts, including stolen aircraft summaries, may be distributed outside the FAA to: airport offices, air carriers, fixed base operators, and law enforcement agencies.
      3. Upon receipt of knowledge concerning an aircraft for which a current law enforcement alert message is held, do the following:
        1. (a) Forward any information on the aircraft to El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and the requester when specified in the message.
        2. (b) Immediately notify the cognizant Transportation Security Administration office by the most rapid means.
        3. (c) DO NOT TAKE ANY OTHER ACTION AFFECTING THE AIRCRAFT, CARGO, CREW, OR PASSENGERS NOT NORMALLY RELATED TO JOB RESPONSIBILITIES.
    2. Special law enforcement operations.
      1. Special law enforcement operations include inflight identification, surveillance, interdiction and pursuit activities performed in accordance with official civil and/or military mission responsibilities.
      2. To facilitate accomplishment of these special missions, exemptions from specified parts of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations have been granted to designated departments and agencies. However, it is each organization’s responsibility to apprise ATC of their intent to operate under an authorized exemption before initiating actual operations.
        • REFERENCE
        • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 19-3-1, Authorizations and Exemptions from Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR).
      3. Additionally, some departments and agencies that perform special missions have been assigned coded identifiers to permit them to apprise ATC of ongoing mission activities and solicit special air traffic assistance.
        • REFERENCE
        • FAA Order 7110.67, Special Aircraft Operations by Law Enforcement/Military Organizations.

        NOTE: As specified in para 2-1-4, Operational Priority, priority of handling for aircraft operating with coded identifiers will be the same as that afforded to SAR aircraft performing a SAR mission.

    3. Assistance to law enforcement aircraft operations.
      1. Provide the maximum assistance possible to law enforcement aircraft, when requested, in helping them locate suspect aircraft.
      2. Communicate with law enforcement aircraft, when possible and if requested, on a frequency not paired with your normal communications frequencies.
      3. Do not allow assistance to law enforcement aircraft to violate any required separation minima.
      4. Do not assist VFR law enforcement aircraft in any way that will create a situation which, in your judgment, places the aircraft in unsafe proximity to terrain or other aircraft.
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