Episode 107- Airborne Use of Force with Texas DPS Lieutenant Cody Klaehn
October 31, 2023 | Hosted By: Jon Gray
Welcome to episode 107 of The Hangar Z Podcast, brought to you by Vertical Helicasts.
In this three-part series, we sit down with Lieutenant Cody Klaehn from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Aircraft Division.
Lt Klaehn is a Texas native who joined the Marine Corps before beginning his work with Texas DPS.
He worked the highway as a patrol officer for 10 years before he was selected to the Driver License Fraud Unit, stationed in Austin. He was later promoted to the Criminal Investigation Division as a sergeant in narcotics and was stationed in Laredo with the Drug Intelligence Unit.
Lt Klaehn served on and off the SWAT team for approximately 12 years, during which time he advanced through various positions within the SWAT Team.
From there he transferred to the Texas DPS Training Academy in Austin as a recruit school instructor.
Lt Klaehn was selected as one of the two lieutenant team leaders for the Texas Ranger SWAT team.
In 2011, he transferred from the SWAT team to DPS Aircraft and presently works as a training lieutenant for tactical flight officers.
Lt Klaehn is one of two special mission instructors for the DPS Aircraft Division. He is also the lead instructor for Airborne Use of Force for Texas DPS.
As you will find out, Lt Klaehn continues to develop and adapt the Airborne Use of Force Program for situations facing law enforcement today.