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NCJ Number: 250693 Find in a Library
Title: How Law Enforcement Can Harness the Benefits of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program
Date Published: December 2016
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Policy; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a summary of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) funded report entitled, “Considerations and Recommendations for Implementing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program.”
Abstract: This report highlights a number of actions law enforcement agencies can take both internally and with community leaders in developing and implementing a policy on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The community must be represented in the discussion, since community acceptance is critical for the effectiveness of any law enforcement effort. This is particularly true for the introduction of unmanned aircraft systems, since resident perceptions of how these systems will be used have been conditioned by their misuse by some private individuals and companies. If the community does not already have one, police leaders should create a community advisory panel on the implementation of new technologies. Recommendations also include briefing members of the agency on the capabilities and intended use of the technology, so there will be a common message and understanding among agency staff as to how the UAS will be managed and used. This agency-wide understanding of how the UAS is to be used should be stated in agency written policies that are circulated among agency staff and community residents. Regarding privacy policies in the use of unmanned aircraft, an agency should fully understand the complex legal environment in which such equipment operates, since some States and localities have imposed stringent requirements in addition to Federal law on how this technology is to be used by law enforcement agencies. At the time of the writing of the NIJ report (December, 2016), only about 350 agencies nationwide had a UAS; however, as the benefits of a UAS continue to be realized by agencies that have them, the demand for their funding should increase.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Aircraft; Change management; Community involvement; Community support; NIJ Resources; Police community relations; Police management; Police planning; Police policies and procedures; Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS); Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
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