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Police drone use is increasing, making it essential for agencies to adopt a sound law enforcement drone policy governing their use
Consumer drones are becoming more popular and while many are used for recreational purposes, drones can present extreme challenges related to privacy and crime
The 2017 DuPont train derailment outside Tacoma provided investigators the opportunity to push the limits of an integrated scanning/UAV point cloud approach
Patrol officers will be able to watch live video feeds from drones dispatched to crime scenes by a gunshot detection system
Through community partnerships, agency leaders can make choices on UAS deployment that match the needs of their community
The advisory guidance aims to help non-federal public and private entities better understand federal laws and regulations related to UAS operations
The demands of public safety require drones, training and certifications that are up to the job
Ability to use the Boeing S-100 unmanned system in poor weather conditions will significantly decrease dangers to responders
Chula Vista’s drones are mostly deployed as first responders during business hours between Mondays and Thursdays
The New York Police Department will train 29 officers to operate its fleet of UAS
The Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that the number of public safety agencies using drones has increased by 82 percent in the past year
Gangs are using UAVs to collect information on LE activity, disrupt police operations and smuggle drugs
Counter surveillance of law enforcement is becoming the fastest-growing way organized criminals are using drones
The sky may be the limit for drones, but local LE agencies are looking for a way to bring them back to earth
In addition to the creation of a model policy, 14 recommendations address topics such as licensure, training, protocols and data/records management
Having an ‘eye in the sky’ can be a key tool for both foot pursuits and short-range vehicle pursuits
Investigators found no difference in first responder recognition of scene hazards between a walk-around size-up and UAS flyover video
Police agencies are quickly seeing the aerial surveillance advantages drones offer during many different LE ops
The instantaneous air support offered by drones proved indispensable to the Daytona Beach Police Department during the response to Hurricane Irma
The Tukwila Police Department’s UAS program proved its worth during the first month of operations
Now that there is a little deeper understanding of the legal parameters, police agencies are beginning to adopt the technology
We asked our readers how their police agencies were using (or planning to use) drones and some of the challenges they’ve faced along the way
A UAS can be a powerful force multiplier for public safety agencies that is a safe, efficient and effective way to increase mission capabilities
Determining which regulatory option is best for your agency and, more importantly, the type of operation, can be challenging
From accident reconstruction to search and rescue, drones are a game-changer for law enforcement operations
When talking about the tech, people get hung up on what the ceiling for a unit might be, but in reality, it’s the floor that matters
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said his agency will begin deploying an unmanned aerial device to aid deputies responding to arson scenes, suspected bombs and hostage situations
The effectiveness of robotics on the battlefield may ease the path for Americans to accept robotics as a tool for policing in the near future