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.
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.