IACP Seeks to Sway Public on Unmanned Aircraft

IACP Aviation Committee Chairmain Capt. Don Roby says departments must enlist the public's help.

Departments are expected to adhere to all of the FAA rules, obtain a certificate of authentication, allow the aircraft to be operated only by trained personnel, have an approval process in place for flights and to ensure flights are being properly tracked.

Roby said that there also must be a policy addressing image retention including how long images are kept and who has access to them.

Taking Flight

While the technology is currently available and more companies have began manufacturing the devices, Roby said departments may have to wait to take to the skies.

"I think it's going to be a long drawn out process," he said, adding that about 30 states have introduced legislation dealing with unmanned aircraft systems along with legislation being considered by Congress.

The IACP has continued to work with its state chiefs associations to get the word out about the importance of the devices and has also worked with other associations such as the Airbourne Law Enforcement Association and the National Sheriffs Association.

"It's an exciting technology and we're kind of stifling this technology, stifling the production of these devices, however, understandably we have to deal with the privacy issue," he said.

"It's going to be a long process to educate people on these devices."

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