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Las Vegas Massacre: Are Drones The Solution?

58 people were killed and nearly 500 others were injured, authorities say, when a gunman fired on the Route 91 country music festival. As we mourn, some ask if drones could help improve safety at events like this? While many disagree, some police agencies are moving forward and already purchasing drones; 167 such agencies bought drones in 2016. Other agencies are speaking out about using drones for similar upcoming events.

By | 2017-10-05T20:01:39+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Opinion, Police|Comments Off on Las Vegas Massacre: Are Drones The Solution?

Just Stating The Obvious: Tropical Storm Harvey Is A No Fly Zone (TFR)

Tropical Storm Harvey, Credit: NASA Tropical Storm Harvey (or Hurricane Harvey, which rolls off the tongue better) hit us and it hit us hard. Many people were under prepared, if prepared at all, and the worst part is that it isn't over. From reading on-line, it's clear, that even in the inclement weather, [...]

By | 2017-10-04T13:01:49+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on Just Stating The Obvious: Tropical Storm Harvey Is A No Fly Zone (TFR)

The DoC Is Investigating 26 Cases Of Drones Muling Contraband

It seems as drones are fast becoming the drug mule of choice for todays US prison system. This is a subject I've touched on a few times before (here and here for example). According to this latest article, there are 26 ongoing cases under investigation by the Department of Corrections and I'm sure a much [...]

By | 2017-07-25T15:54:57+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Police, WTF|Comments Off on The DoC Is Investigating 26 Cases Of Drones Muling Contraband

Drone Operator Charged with a Felony – Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd Degree

As a drone pilot, what would you do if you suddenly found yourself being arrested and charged with a felony because of where and when you decided to operate your drone? While it might sound a bit far ferfetched, that's exactly what happened to David Beesmer in New York. Beesmer was charged with unlawful surveillance in [...]

By | 2017-07-12T07:19:25+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Police, Safety, WTF|Comments Off on Drone Operator Charged with a Felony – Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd Degree

In Vestavia Hills, Police Use Drones To Patrol During the Holidays

I keep seeing more and more stories like "Police using drones to help patrol on busy holiday." Stories that really emphasize the career opportunity that exists for trained drone operators. As more and more groups start taking advantage of the benefits that drones offer, more career opportunities for trained drone operators will be created. It’s [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:13:34+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Drone Careers, Drones, First Responder, Police|Comments Off on In Vestavia Hills, Police Use Drones To Patrol During the Holidays

Fighting Rural Crime With The Latest First Responder Tech … Drones

Rural crime can be difficult to stop for a number of obvious reasons. Now, the Lincolnshire Police have decided to fight back using technology. They've invested in state-of-the-art drones, night vision and even more 4x4 vehicles and quad-bikes. In my opinion, articles like this prove that drones have clearly become a valuable tool for today' [...]

By | 2017-07-05T13:33:14+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Police|Comments Off on Fighting Rural Crime With The Latest First Responder Tech … Drones

Maryland Drone Operator Arrested After Flying Near An Active Fire

It was just a matter of time before I had to report on a story like this. I mean it was inevitable right? After all the stories I've posted about people flying their drones near active fires. Now, in College Park, Maryland, Trevon Miller, a 24 year old drone pilot, has been arrested. Why? He [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:33+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, Police|Comments Off on Maryland Drone Operator Arrested After Flying Near An Active Fire

Police and Fire Departments in Chula Vista Considering Drone Use

I've posted a number of times about police and/or fire departments planning to or already using drones. This trend is creating great opportunities for drone experts; this means there is an opportunity for you to turn your hobby into a career. The Chula Vista Police and Fire Departments are planning to use small drones with [...]

By | 2017-04-26T10:35:51+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Police, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on Police and Fire Departments in Chula Vista Considering Drone Use

Are Police Issue Weaponized Drones in our Future?

Clearly, weaponized drones, like the hand-built gun-firing quadcopter built by Austin Haughwout, are dangerous in the wrong hands. That's why we've discussed weaponized drones and the dangers they create before, but historically these were one-off, hand-built UAVs. Now the legislature in Connecticut is considering a new bill that could allow for police use of weaponized drones. I emphasized the world [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:33+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Drones, Police|Comments Off on Are Police Issue Weaponized Drones in our Future?

Saving Lives using Drones for Search and Rescue in Arizona

Like many precincts around the United States, the Gila County Sheriff's Office in Arizona made the decision to start using drones. Drones are a smart move for the Gila County Sheriff's Office when you consider the unforgiving desert environment. After just one recent search mission, I'm sure the value proposition was proven; a man fell down nearly a [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:34+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Police, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on Saving Lives using Drones for Search and Rescue in Arizona