Police Foundation Center for UAS in Public Safety Announcements
sUAS Developments in the News
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, including community concerns related to privacy and civil rights, transparency and accountability, the development of policy and procedure, and operational safety.
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.
The Huntington Beach Police Department received the City Council’s unanimous approval Monday night for a one-year pilot program to learn how two drones can be used to enhance public safety.
The US Department of Transportation announced that 10 state and local governments were selected to test advanced drone applications as part of a program to ease them into American skies.
Police across Illinois could use drones to monitor crowds at sporting events, music festivals and other large gatherings under legislation the state Senate approved Wednesday.