When establishing a law enforcement drone program, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind. That's why we've put together this helpful checklist of key items.
Are You Compliant with FAA Regulations?
Before you can fly legally, you'll first need to obtain either a Blanket or Jurisdictional Certificate of Authorization (COA)--or both--from the FAA. Navigating the intricacies of filing and maintaining a COA can be daunting, which is why we do the hard work for you. Our consultants help you obtain the proper COA for emergency and public safety use. We even guarantee your success in obtaining it, with our money-back guarantee.
Do You Have Written Policies & Procedures?
Having standard operating procedures in place is crucial to having a drone program for law enforcement. Your operations manual should include step-by-step procedures for different scenarios you're likely to encounter. Whether you have experience writing SOPs yourself, or need assistance, Skyfire can help, or you can reach out to nearby agencies to see what they've done in the past.
Do You Have Proper Safety Procedures and Training in Place?
One of the main components to obtaining your COA is demonstrating that you've established a training regimen to ensure every pilot knows when, where, and how to use drones for your department. Knowing the FAA rules is one thing, but creating a training program and putting it into place is another.
Is Your Community on Board?
Will your city council grant you the budget you need to successfully launch your drone program? Getting community buy-in may be difficult unless you can demonstrate the need and value of such a program. Often drones can safely go where no one else can, so you can demonstrate the value of the use of drones for search and rescue, crime scene investigation, disaster surveillance and more. Tallying up ways your department could have used a drone in the past year can be a great way to show how useful drones will be.
Do You Know What UAVs, Cameras and Equipment You’ll Need For the Situations You’ll Encounter?
Selecting the right equipment for your needs is an important step in starting your public safety drone program. Things you’ll need to take into consideration are:
- Weather Conditions & Temperatures: Will you need to operate in high winds, rain, sub-zero or scorching temperatures?
- Payload: What kinds of cameras do you need?
- Distance & Battery Life: How far can you fly and for how long? How can flight time be extended?
You’ll likely need more than one UAV for different scenarios, so be sure to consult with a trusted source before buying anything. Skyfire Consulting can help you determine the right equipment for your needs and we will even train you in the specific use of each unit and camera type.
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