Posts by Julie Grieco

Denver police, fire department split on drone use

Denver police, fire department split on drone use As a growing number of Colorado public safety agencies launch drones to help firefighting efforts, rescue lost hikers and take pictures of crime scenes, Denver’s police and fire departments are debating the merits of using unmanned aircraft.  Read More at DenverPost.com →

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Austin police launch drone program for deadly traffic crashes

Austin police launch drone program for deadly traffic crashes Austin police officers are gearing up to use drones to map out scenes of fatal crashes across the city. The new technology could cut the time investigators spend gathering evidence by as much as 80 percent, significantly reducing traffic on some of Austin’s congested and dangerous…

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Central Florida police, fire departments embrace drones despite privacy concerns

Central Florida police, fire departments embrace drones despite privacy concerns After Orange County deputies fatally shot a teenager earlier this month, they released drone footage of the incident. The incident is an example of the increased use of drones at police and fire departments in Central Florida. Agencies including the Orlando Police Department, Orlando Fire…

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Drone program gives Great Falls police the higher ground

Drone program gives Great Falls police the higher ground It’s 2018: Hoverboards have come and gone, cell phone towers are in the process of filling out Yellowstone National Park and the Great Falls Police Department is gaining the higher ground with drones. And it’s paid off. In a two-week span in May, GFPD deployed the drone to…

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Look what’s new on the accident investigation team: Drones

Look what’s new on the accident investigation team: Drones For decades, police investigators at crash scenes used chalk marks, tape measures and roller wheels to record measurements and skid marks to help them assess what happened. Now, more police agencies are turning to unmanned aerial vehicles to do that work.  Read More at WashingtonPost.com →

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Federal officials reiterate drone threat in intel bulletin

Federal officials reiterate drone threat in intel bulletin Federal officials this week warned police around the country that drones are posing an ever-growing threat to safety and security. Citing the use of a drone on an attack targeting Venezuela’s president, U.S. officials went on record with their concerns about drones.  Read More at ABCnews.com →

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Fairfax Co. delays drones for first responders over privacy concerns

Fairfax Co. delays drones for first responders over privacy concerns Amid concerns about privacy, Fairfax County supervisors Tuesday put off plans to expand the use of drones by police and other first responders in the county. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to defer approval of a drone policy manual and the purchase of six…

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Police Drones Pit Safety vs. Privacy Concerns in Michigan

Police drones pit safety vs. privacy concerns in Michigan A growing number of Michigan police agencies are employing drones to provide a bird’s-eye view of accident and crime scenes, speed searches for missing persons and help find fugitives. This summer, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office began an unmanned aerial vehicle program, following the Michigan State…

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Police Foundation Launches Center for UAS in Public Safety

Police Foundation Launches New Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety   As sUAS technology continues to advance and its use becomes increasingly widespread, the goal of the Police Foundation Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety is to help law enforcement navigate the equally important community policing aspects of adopting the technology,…

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Police Foundation’s sUAS work highlighted

Police Drones Give Police Vast and Unregulated Powers – Unless the Public Steps In There is no nationwide policy on drones, leading to different uses and abuses among police departments. A year and a half ago, the Police Foundation released a 311-page guidebook entitled Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust.  Read…

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