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  • Fullerton Police Department Introduces Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Team

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    January 24, 2020
    The Fullerton Police Department has been developing its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program for almost two years and is now ready to join the other 900 public agencies using UAS’s to provide airborne support to police and emergency operations.

    The deployment of civilian UAS will be used to assist the City of Fullerton and incident commanders on heightened situational awareness on specific incidents under strictly regulated guidelines.   The intended use for the UAS will be for critical incident management, searches for lost or missing persons, traffic collision scene documentation, support of search warrant and high risk operations as well as situational awareness to assist decision makers in understanding the nature, scale, scope of an incident and for planning and coordinating an effective response.  The UAS will not be used for routine police patrols, unlawful surveillance or to enforce traffic laws, and will not be weaponized. 

    These devices will be deployed solely by the UAS team, which consists of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, and 4 pilots all who are certified commercially with the FAA.  The Fullerton Police UAS team and the program have been approved by the FAA, air-traffic control and the local airports.  

    For more information please go to the Fullerton Police Department website. The website contains the policies and procedures for operating the UAS system and overviews the training of each of the pilots and the certifications from the FAA.