The Police Foundation: Tips for Agencies Bringing sUAS on Board

The Police Foundation has released a new infographic suited for law enforcement agencies looking to establish a program for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).

The infographic, entitled “sUAS and Public Safety,” provides an overview of operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations for law enforcement agencies interested in using sUAS for public safety.

Importantly, it highlights key recommendations for law enforcement agencies on engaging their communities before implementing the technology.

“UAS technologies provide law enforcement agencies with unique capabilities for rapid, safe, economical and effective responses to a wide variety of public safety tactical challenges,” states Jim Bueermann, president of The Police Foundation and former chief of police in Redlands, Calif. “Harnessing these capabilities requires not only the skills to operate the technology, but the input and understanding of the community and a pledge to operate the technology in a transparent manner. Taking the time to engage the community, address concerns and gain input from the community is exactly what community policing is all about.”

This infographic is the latest Police Foundation resource for law enforcement agencies interested in developing a drone program. In November, the foundation released “Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust.”

The new resource can be found here.

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