Drones in Public Safety



The Public Safety Drones project is an ongoing initiative to track all local, state, and federal public safety agencies in the United States that own drones for operational use. This project also includes an analysis element that evaluates key datapoints and trends in the proliferation of public safety drones in the U.S. New editions of our “Public Safety Drones” report are published yearly.




— March 2020: “Public Safety Drones, 3rd Edition

— May 2018: “Public Safety Drones: An Update

— April 2017: “Drones at Home: Public Safety Drones




State Tech Magazine, “Public Safety Agencies Deploy Drones to Plan for and Prevent Disasters” https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/07/public-safety-agencies-deploy-drones-plan-and-prevent-disasters
The New York Times, “New York Police Say They Will Deploy 14 Drones” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/nyregion/nypd-drones.html
Los Angeles Times, “LAPD deploys controversial drone for the first time” https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-lapd-drone-20190115-story.html
Associated Press, “Law enforcement agencies turning to drones to fight crime” https://www.apnews.com/8c039694baa24810b3bdb5c640c9c8b0