After Two Years of Prep, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Ready to Use Drone


The Sarasota County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office has announced the addition of its new Draganflyer Commander drone.

The agency first purchased the drone in September 2016. Since then, its law enforcement division and general counsel’s office have trained and researched the use of unmanned aircraft systems. Following advanced training, the development of policy and procedures, and an in-depth look at Florida’s privacy laws, the sheriff’s office says the new technology is ready to finally be deployed.

“We are very pleased to finally announce the capabilities of this technology,” states Sheriff Tom Knight. “This wasn’t a decision we made overnight, as it took several months of research and training. This equipment is crucial to disaster response, search-and-rescue missions, and tactical deployment during a major incident.”

According to the agency, benefits of the Draganflyer Commander drone include less disruption at an active scene, closer proximity to a major incident and flight in inclement weather. Operators must attend original equipment manufacturer training and pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 remote pilot test.

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Mike S.

You forgot to mention other benefit: easier surveillance of innocent citizens without a warrant.

Joan Gilbert Tatro
Joan Gilbert Tatro

i was told by someone who is one of your retired sheriffs that what I saw last night was a drone. It did not look anything like the one in the picture. This one scared me to death. I thought I was seeing and hearing something in a dream. Today i was talking to his sister who was visiting people in a different place then where I live. They saw the same thing . I live at Camelot Lakes She was down on Clark not sure of the address . This thing was huge red lights a motor on front… Read more »