The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is opening its doors to community input on a proposed policy to employ police drone technology for crime scene management and tactical operations. In an announcement made Wednesday, BPD outlined their plan to leverage drones in their Crime Scene Unit. This tech will allow investigators to acquire aerial shots of crime scenes to support both their investigations and court proceedings.
Beyond the forensic applications, drones are slated for use in tactical situations, offering a safer means of surveillance and suspect apprehension.
“Scenarios where a drone could be used include hostage rescues, police shootings, active shooters, arsons, high-risk raids, barricaded persons, and homicides,” the department said.
However, not just anyone can operate these drones. Each drone pilot must complete a preparatory course and pass a test from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Furthermore, all police drone flights must adhere to FAA rules and BPD's own operational policies.
The move toward Drone Technology in law enforcement hasn't been free of criticism, with privacy and civil liberty advocates raising concerns about potential intrusions. BPD encourages the public to voice their views on the proposed policy.
The draft policy will be available for public comment from July 6 until August 6, 2023.
Get your Part 107 Certificate
Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.
FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.* We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.