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NCJ Number: 249901 Find in a Library
Title: Eyes in the Sky: How Law Enforcement Uses Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: May 2016
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|Video (00:12:02)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Program/Project Description; Technical Assistance
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video describes how the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (Colorado) is using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in order to perform some law enforcement tasks more effectively, challenges some of the myths about the capabilities and uses of UAS in law enforcement work, and outlines steps law enforcement agencies should take when assessing and implementing the installation of a UAS system.
Abstract: The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office uses its UAS system for crime-scene and traffic-accident investigations. UAS data are helpful in establishing distance at crime and traffic-accident scenes and in conducting search and rescue operations. Areas to be photographed are programmed into the UAS prior to beginning its flight. After the flight, photos taken by the UAS can be combined to produce topographical models of the programmed areas to establish distances. There are a number of myths associated with law enforcement agencies’ use of a UAS system. They are not used to conduct surveillance for detecting crimes as they occur, and they are not capable of searching houses and buildings to observe and record what is happening inside. Neither are they armed with weaponry. Mesa County has strict guidelines for the lawful use of a UAS system. The video discusses the research, planning, and training necessary for the efficient and effective implementation and use of a law enforcement UAS system.
Main Term(s): Technology transfer
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Colorado; Crime Scene Analysis; Crime Scene Investigation; Drone aircraft; Law Enforcement Technology; Photographic analyses; Photography techniques; Police equipment; Search and Rescue; Traffic accidents; Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS); Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
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