Montgomery County Police Pioneer “Drone as First Responder” Program

Innovative Policing Through Drone Technology

Montgomery County, , is witnessing a revolution in its approach to emergency response, thanks to the Montgomery County Department's (MCPD) pioneering “Drone as First Responder” program. Initially launched in Silver Spring last November, the program is now set to expand its reach, marking a significant step forward in leveraging technology for public safety.

Rapid Response and Expansion

The “Drone as First Responder” initiative, as described by Captain Jason Cokinos of the MCPD, was developed to provide a faster response to 9-1-1 emergency calls within the county, reports DC News Now.

After demonstrating success in Downtown Silver Spring, the drone program has extended its operations to Downtown Wheaton. This expansion reflects the program's effectiveness in delivering quick and efficient emergency services.

Captain Cokinos reports remarkable response times, with drones reaching emergencies in Downtown Silver Spring in just an average of a minute and 20 seconds post-takeoff, often arriving three and a half minutes before ground officers.

A Tool for Enhanced Safety

The drones have proven instrumental in improving situational awareness for the police department. By being able to arrive swiftly at the scene of an incident, drones have aided in identifying suspects attempting to flee crime scenes, subsequently guiding officers to intercept and detain these individuals.

One notable instance occurred on November 30, when the drone team played a crucial role in arresting two suspects accused of theft from a Safeway grocery store, demonstrating the drones' capability to not only assess but also act in real-time situations.

Addressing Staffing Shortages with Technology

Captain Cokinos highlighted a significant staffing shortfall within the department, with a deficit of about 130 officers, particularly impacting the Silver Spring and Wheaton areas.

The “Drone as First Responder” program emerges as a critical solution in this context, not as a replacement for human officers but as an essential support system to enhance the efficiency and coverage of policing efforts in these communities.

Looking to the Future

As the MCPD evaluates other potential locations for the program's expansion within Montgomery County, it's clear that drones are set to play a pivotal role in the future of emergency response and policing. This initiative not only showcases Montgomery County's commitment to embracing innovative technologies but also sets a precedent for other law enforcement agencies to follow in enhancing public safety and operational efficiency.

Montgomery County's “Drone as First Responder” program represents a forward-thinking approach to addressing contemporary challenges in law enforcement and emergency response. By combining the speed and agility of with the expertise of police officers, the MCPD is setting new standards for safety and efficiency, promising a safer and more responsive future for its communities.


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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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