Nearly 350 U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Have Drones
Friday, June 16, 2017 | Comments

At least 347 state and local police, sheriff, fire and emergency units in the U.S. have acquired small unmanned aircraft in the past several years. More acquisitions took place in 2016 than in the previous years combined, and the pace of acquisitions shows no signs of slowing down.

In a survey of open source literature and public records, The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College assembled a comprehensive, publicly available account of law enforcement and public-safety departments that are reported to have acquired drones.

The research found local law enforcement departments lead public-safety drone acquisitions. Consumer drones are more common among public-safety units than specialized professional drones.

The full research is here.

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