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On-demand webinar: The path to Drone as First Responder: Scaling drone programs for public safety agencies

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While many agencies are focused on deploying drones in small, specialized units, we invite you to join a discussion led by law enforcement industry experts that will revolve around enhancing situational awareness by expanding drone programs across patrol divisions. From scene documentation to Drone as First Responder (DFR), the Skydio X10 provides the capabilities needed to seamlessly move from drone-on-the-shelf to quickly deployed drones in every patrol vehicle. Advancements in this new platform allow for fully autonomous flight in zero-light environments and remote operations. Strategic partners Skydio and Axon will share their technology solutions for public safety, designed to enhance real-time situational awareness, streamline evidence and program management, and ensure operational efficiency throughout your agency.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • Methods of drone deployment and how to scale programs across your organization.
  • The concept of Drone as First Responder (DFR).
  • How the partnership between Axon and Skydio makes this technology more accessible and valuable than ever before.



L - R: Fritz Reber, Vern Sallee, Noreen Charlton

Fritz Reber is the Head of Public Safety Integration at Skydio. Before Skydio, Fritz was the UAS Commander with the Chula Vista Police Department. He retired after 27 years as the Patrol Captain in 2018. While at CVPD he developed and worked to implement the Drone as First Responder (DFR) Program and Live911. He authored the agency’s Concept of Operations for the IPP submission and co-authored the safety case for the CVPD BVLOS waiver as well as the recent Tactical BVLOS waiver.

Vern Sallee served with the Chula Vista Police Department for 25 years before retiring as the Patrol Operation Captain. At CVPD, he led the establishment and expansion of the department’s drone program, known for its groundbreaking “Drone as First Responder” or DFR program, with over 9,800 flights in support of first responders. He has served as an expert for numerous UAS panels and presentations, including with the FAA and USDOJ and within the UAS industry and public safety sectors. He now works for Axon as the lead strategist for Axon Air, the company’s UAS division.

Noreen Charlton is the Sr. Manager of Public Safety Strategy at Skydio. For more than a decade, she worked in the Crime Scene Investigations section of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout her time in the field, she responded to nearly 4,000 scenes, including the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass casualty shooting. For several years, she has focused on the instruction and implementation of 3D technologies for public safety applications and has assisted with the documentation and forensic analysis of many high-profile cases. As a member of the Crime Scene Investigations Body of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board, she actively contributes to the development and advancement of industry standards in crime scene investigations.