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Building and Managing a Successful Public Safety UAS Program: Practical Guidance and Lessons Learned from the Early Adopters

Publication Date

March 2019

Author(s)

Donald L. Shinnamon, Sr., and Brett Cowell

Abstract

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) promise improved efficiencies, increased operational capabilities, and significant cost savings for law enforcement and public safety agencies, yet this technology is not without its risks and challenges. The National Policing Institute, with funding from the National Institute of Justice, conducted case studies of six agencies, which were among the very first public safety agencies in the United States to develop and launch an sUAS program, and developed a guide for other agencies interested in UAS technology. This guide identifies lessons learned from the early adopting agencies and provides guidance agencies can follow to successfully implement or expand an sUAS program in support of public safety operations.

Research Design

Non-experimental

Research Methods

Case study, Interviews

Recommended Citation

Shinnamon, D. L., & Cowell, B. M. (2019). Building and managing a successful public safety UAS program: Practical guidance and lessons learned from the early adopters. National Policing Institute.