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Drones Podcasts Series

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In the same way body cameras have been a game-changer for law enforcement operations, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as Drones, have the potential to revolutionize many aspects of police work.
During a February 2019 COPS-hosted Forum on the use of Drones by law enforcement, we sat down to speak with representatives from several Departments about their experiences implementing a UAS program. 
This special series takes an in-depth look at considerations for police departments looking to implement a UAS program, and features officers who are responsible for Drone operations from the Chula Vista Police Department (CA), Michigan State Police, and the Torrance Police Department (CA).
Chula Vista Police Department (CA)
Captain Vern Sallee of the Chula Vista Police Department (CA) discusses his agency’s experience planning for drone operations.  Among the issues he covers are the extensive public outreach that Chula Vista conducted before introducing their drone program, the unique manner in which they use drones, and adhering to Federal Aviation Administration regulations that govern drone use by law enforcement.
Michigan State Police
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kelenske and Sergeant Matt Rogers of the Michigan State Police discuss the unique challenges of implementing drone operations for an agency with statewide jurisdiction. They also share examples of how drones ended up offering many unforeseen opportunities and advantages.
Torrance Police Department (CA)
Sergeant David Maitlen and Officer Matt Slawson of the Torrance Police Department join The Beat to discuss drone operations in their jurisdiction.  During the podcast, they provide insight on conducting drone operations in close proximity to one of our nation’s busiest airports, training officers to operate drones, and they provide examples of how drones have enhanced their operational capacity.

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