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Police Foundation Launches New Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety


New Police Foundation Center provides information and resources for
law enforcement and communities on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(UAS) in public safety

Ensuring the safety of the public is a core mission for all professional
law enforcement agencies. In pursuit of this mission, law enforcement
leverages many different types of tools, including new and emerging
technologies. One of these latest technologies is the small-unmanned
aircraft system (sUAS).

The Police
is launching a new Center
for law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned
aircraft systems. As sUAS technology continues to advance and its use
becomes increasingly widespread, the goal of the Police Foundation Center
for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety
is to help law
enforcement navigate the equally important community policing aspects of
adopting the technology, including community concerns related to privacy
and civil rights, transparency and accountability, the development of
policy and procedure, and operational safety. We conduct scientific
research to examine the real-world challenges of policing and public
safety, and work closely with policy staff in the translation of
scientific findings and development of evidence-based recommendations
for the field.

The website is intended as a resource to help law enforcement agencies
make an informed decision on whether to acquire sUAS, and if they do,
how to develop policies and procedures that will help garner public
support, avoid pitfalls, and build community trust. The website is also
intended to provide insight for the public on the advantages of sUAS for
public safety, and the many considerations that go into sUAS program

While this type of technology has significant potential to improve
operational efficiency as well as officer and community safety, there
are understandable and legitimate concerns about privacy risks. To
address these concerns and to improve sUAS programs, law enforcement
agencies considering adopting sUAS technology are encouraged to follow
the principles of community policing in their adoption and to engage
their communities early on in the decision to implement a program.

"sUAS technologies provide law enforcement agencies with unique
capabilities for rapid, safe, economical and effective responses to a
wide variety of public safety tactical challenges," said Jim Bueermann,
President of the Police Foundation and former Chief of Police in
Redlands, California. "Harnessing these capabilities requires not only
the skills to operate the technology, but the input and understanding of
the community and a pledge to operate the technology in a transparent
manner. Taking the time to engage the community, address concerns and
gain input from the community is exactly what community policing is all

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of
Justice, supported the development of this website
and numerous other resources including an infographic,
You Need to Know about sUAS in Law Enforcement publication
and guidebook.

Established in 1970, the Police Foundation is a national,
non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving policing
through innovation and science. For 48 years, the Foundation has
conducted research on all aspects of policing and is leading the way in
promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law
enforcement. The Foundation is currently working with hundreds of police
agencies nationwide, as well as internationally, providing research and
translation, training, technical assistance, and modern technology
implementation. The Foundation is a leader in officer safety and
wellness, community policing, open-data, investigations, and
law-enforcement technology. The Foundation's main goal is to improve the
way police do their work and the delivery of police services, in order
to benefit officers and the communities they serve, as well as reduce

For media-related questions and inquiries related to this
website, the Center and the Police Foundation's sUAS work, please
contact James Burch, Executive Vice President, at
or at 202-833-1460. For non-media questions and inquiries,
please contact Maria Valdovinos, Senior Research Associate, at
You may also visit the Police Foundation website at
for more information.

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