Editor’s note: Law enforcement agencies nationwide are adopting unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – also known as drones – for operations as diverse as search and rescue, traffic accident reconstruction and SWAT response. PoliceOne’s special coverage series – 2018 Guide to Drones in Law Enforcement – takes an in-depth look at considerations for police departments looking to implement a UAS program.
By PoliceOne Staff
Check out how these five law enforcement agencies are using UAS to fight crime, save lives and improve officer and citizen safety.
British police launch Drone Unit
Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police became the first police forces in the United Kingdom to launch a fully operational drone unit after seeing the benefit of the drone technology. The Drone Unit has a strong following on Twitter, keeping the public informed about where and when the drone is in operational use within Devon and Cornwall.
UAS assists Wis. agency with suspect search
This video shows the Madison Police Department using a UAS to search a large metal recycling business for a suspect that fled from an officer. The UAS allowed the officers to clear multiple large dumpsters efficiently and safely.
Calif. agency conducts UAV training for high-risk traffic stops
The main goal of the San Bernardino Police Department’s UAV program is to improve officer safety during traffic stops.
UAS helps NC deputies locate missing elderly person
After Randolph County (NC) Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a missing elderly person, a K9 unit and the Sheriff’s Office drone operator were called in to aid in the search. The drone pilot was able to locate the missing person within 25 minutes.
La. agency uses UAS to locate missing teens
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office used the drone to look for teenagers who escaped from Youth Challenge, a military-style training program at Camp Minden.