The DEA was established in 1973 as the federal organization in charge of enforcing the controlled substances laws of the United States. Today thousands of DEA employees located in hundreds of offices across the country and around the world are dedicated to fulfilling DEA’s mission and to continuing our Tradition of Excellence. The people of DEA are dedicated to our mission of enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. While this includes investigating criminals and drug gangs that traffic in illegal drugs, DEA’s mission also includes other important activities such as: Regulating the manufacture and distribution of controlled pharmaceuticals (such as scheduled prescription drugs) and listed chemicals. This includes chemical analysis of suspected controlled substances, but also encompasses other areas such as digital evidence analysis, crime scene investigations and the disposal of hazardous chemical waste. As one team, they keep Americans safe from dangerous drugs and those that traffic in them.
The Aviation Division’s command and control functions are conducted from the Aviation Operations Center (AOC). The AOC serves as the primary location for aircraft maintenance, flight training for new pilots and as headquarters for its operational support personnel. The Aviation Division has Special Agents/Pilots and aircraft strategically located throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The Aviation Division supports DEA’s enforcement efforts through surveillance, photographic reconnaissance, movement of personnel and cargo and transportation of fugitives and prisoners.
This patch is for all the brave who warriors who put their life on the line so others may be safe from harm.
Each patch measures 3.43 inch (87mm) in diameter.
Backing for this patch is velcro.