POLICE Magazine

NOV 2018

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P 30 POLICE NOVEMBER 2018 Public safety agencies operating unmanned aerial systems (commonly referred to as "drones") across the United States have reaped substantial benefits from these remotely piloted and programmable aircraft. Drones are used to locate lost persons, conduct reconnaissance mis- sions during SWAT operations, and provide aerial photo- graphs and video of traffic accident sites and crime scenes. But what happens when a drone falls into the hands of an aggressive entity? Consider this scenario: Local law enforcement officers are providing security for a large outdoor music festival in late spring somewhere in the PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES Even small hobby drones can be used for the delivery of explosives or chemicals, and the law has not caught up to the threat. So what can you do to protect the public and yourself from these aircraft? CAN YOU LEGALLY COUNTER A DRONE? MICHAEL HAMANN

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