Ohio Stakeholders Come Together for Advisory Group on UAS in Law Enforcement


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the formation of an advisory group tasked with creating a model law enforcement policy for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The Ohio Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will be chaired by Clayton Harris, police chief at Cuyahoga Community College.

“All of us must be mindful that the use of drones for law enforcement purposes – however legitimate and justified – is still relatively uncharted territory,” says DeWine. “Citizens may have some understandable reservations about law enforcement’s use of new technology like this, and this group will examine those issues.”

The group will issue recommendations on best practices and protocols that agencies can consider when creating their own UAS policy. The group will give particular consideration to privacy concerns.

In addition to Harris, the advisory group includes the following members:

  • Dr. Kelly Cohen, University of Cincinnati Aerospace;
  • J. Doug Daniels, law enforcement training officer from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy;
  • Margot Kaminski, assistant professor of law at The Ohio State University;
  • James Lawson, director of operations for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center/Ohio Department of Transportation;
  • Dave Neff, airport traffic controller for John Glenn Columbus International Airport;
  • Sgt. James Sanford, Medina County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Dr. Andrew Shepherd, UAS program director at Sinclair Community College;
  • Daniel Stamm, counter-UAS program Manager at Battelle; and
  • John Welsh, aviation safety inspector at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Members of the advisory group will also advise the Attorney General’s Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in developing three new training courses that will focus on investigating UAS complaints, using UAS and implementing UAS programs.

The group’s first meeting will take place on Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.

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