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Resource Sampler on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Date Published
August 2017
4 pages
This article presents an annotated listing of information resources available from government and private entities that can assist law enforcement and corrections agencies in understanding issues related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Eleven resources are listed and profiled. "Corrections Today's" November/December 2016 contains an article that examines the problems that improper use of UAS can cause by delivering contraband to sites of correctional facilities. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a number of resources for operators and stakeholders regarding UAS operations, safety, regulation, and guidance. Three FAA resources are described. They include a smartphone app (B4UFLY) on UAS restrictions or requirements at a particular location; a law enforcement guide on unauthorized UAS operations; and an FAA instruction card for law enforcement officers to carry on their person for reference in UAS enforcement. Another resource, the "FLETC Journal, "Fall-Winter 2016 issue contains two articles related to UAS and law enforcement. Other entities that provide UAS resources are the International Fire Chiefs Association, the Justice Technology Information Center, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Institute of Justice, the National league of Cities, the Police Foundation, and the UAS for Public Safety - Working Group.

Date Published: August 1, 2017