Study: Drone use in public safety greatly increasing

The Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that the number of public safety agencies using drones has increased by 82 percent in the past year


By PoliceOne Staff

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. — A recent study found that the use of drones in the public safety sector has greatly increased.

According to a study by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, at least 910 public safety agencies including fire, police and EMS departments are now using drones.

Police officers survey the scene via a drone at a Wells Fargo Bank, Friday, July 7, 2017 in Marietta, Ga.(AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
Police officers survey the scene via a drone at a Wells Fargo Bank, Friday, July 7, 2017 in Marietta, Ga.(AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

They also found that the number of agencies using drones has increased by around 82 percent in the last year alone, and that there are twice as many agencies that own drones as there are that own manned aircrafts.

The study added that the states that take the lead in drone use are Texas, with 67 agencies using drones, California, with 58 agencies using drones and Wisconsin, with 56 agencies using drones.

The county with the greatest number of public safety agencies using drones is Cook County, Illinois, with 11 agencies utilizing the unmanned aircrafts.

CSD Public Safety Drones Update by Ed Praetorian on Scribd

CSD Public Safety Drones Update by Ed Praetorian on Scribd

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