The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT) is a compilation of numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County. The primary focus of LA IMPACT is to investigate major crimes, with an emphasis on dismantling mid to major level drug trafficking organizations. LA Impact has specialized proficiency in the following areas: major drug trafficking organizations, money laundering, covert operation information development, clandestine laboratory investigations, transportation and parcel interdiction and gang enforcement.
There are a total of 3 helicopters to provide air support to L.A. IMPACT's role of investigating major crimes and apprehending serious felons.
In the late 1990's public opinion polls showed that Southern Californians believed narcotics to be the most serious criminal problem faced by law enforcement. Because of the crackdown of drugs entering through Miami, drug smugglers had shifted their activities to the west, and many law enforcement agencies considered Los Angeles County to be the new drug distribution hub for the entire nation. To combat these and other related issues, the Los Angeles County Police Chief's Association along with the heads of the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department agreed that the time had come to join forces and devise a regional solution. As a result, LA IMPACT - the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan police Apprehension Crime Task Force - was born.
At that time, the Pasadena Police Department was a member of the San Gabriel Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team (SGVNET) providing a dedicated helicopter and crew (pilot/observer) to the team. With the inception of LA IMPACT, SGVNET along with WESTNET, SEANET and members of state and federal agencies were consolidated and became members of LA IMPACT, a multi jurisdictional task force. This helicopter is housed at the Pasadena Police heliport.