DRONERESPONDERS, the premier resource for public safety drone programs, will set up a working group on drones as first responders.
The task force is to help other police and security departments develop programs like the one first created by the Chula Vista, CA Police Department. In Chula Vista, drones are sent out in front of police resources to gain critical situational awareness before police personnel arrive. Using drones as first responders protects both police personnel and the community and provides important data that the commander can use to determine the appropriate response.
“The mission of the Chula Vista Police Department’s UAS program is to support airborne police operations in a safe, responsible, and transparent manner to keep peace, reduce response times and improve the quality of life in Chula Vista,” said the city’s website. “… Small remote-controlled unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, are an efficient and effective way of providing critical information to law enforcement in order to respond to service requests, emergency situations or criminal investigations.”
The new working group will be led by Captain Dan Redmond of the Chula Vista Police Department. (Public safety personnel interested in participating in the task force can communicate with Captain Redmond at [email protected])
Christopher Todd is Executive Director of AIRT, the parent organization of DRONERESPONDERS. Todd says now is the time for public safety agencies to set up and expand drone programs. “Unmanned aerial vehicle systems have proven time and again that they can complement public safety and rescue missions with safe, productive and sometimes even dramatic results. The ability of drones to fill the aviation void that existed at most agencies makes UAS an essential resource for 2021, ”says Todd.
Chula Vista Drones as First Responder program requires a flight out of line of sight (BVLOS): The Chula Vista Police Department has received the first BVLOS Flight Authorization Certificate (COA) issued to a public safety organization. The program uses software that enables remote control drones from Cape.
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