Study: Drone use in public safety greatly increasing

The Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that the number of public safety agencies using drones has increased by 82 percent in the past year

Jun 5, 2018
By PoliceOne Staff

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. — A recent study found that the use of drones in the public safety sector has greatly increased.

According to a study by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, at least 910 public safety agencies including fire, police and EMS departments are now using drones.

Police officers survey the scene via a drone at a Wells Fargo Bank, Friday, July 7, 2017 in Marietta, Ga.(AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

They also found that the number of agencies using drones has increased by around 82 percent in the last year alone, and that there are twice as many agencies that own drones as there are that own manned aircrafts.

Note—In Texas 67 public agencies have some type of drone to aid in law enforcement.

Additional links

Taking to the air: Drones and law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies turning to drones to fight crime

Proposed Dallas Police Department “DRONE” Program


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