DOJ Research Center to Law Enforcement: We Want Your Help in Studying Drones


The National Criminal Justice Research, Test and Evaluation Center (NIJ RT&E Center) is soliciting information on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by law enforcement – specifically, the use of the technology for crash-scene reconstruction.

The NIJ RT&E Center, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), says its research is typically focused on “non-forensic technologies intended to enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement and corrections agencies.”

“Working closely with practitioners, the center strives to inform the field concerning technology and related issues in an innovative, sustainable, efficient and effective manner,” the center describes on its website.

Now, it is conducting a study focused on “the utility of a UAS to support crash-scene reconstruction in an operational law-enforcement setting … in terms of quality, safety, timeliness or other metrics,” according to the Federal Register.

“Based upon previous investigations, the center has identified a number of agencies that have operational UAS capabilities configured to support law enforcement. The center is now seeking to partner with those or other interested agencies in order to complete the operational evaluation,” the request for information (RFI) states.

The NIJ RT&E Center notes it is not evaluating the agencies themselves but, rather, their application of drones.

The center says responses to the RFI will be accepted through Aug. 31. More information can be found here.

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