Calvert Sheriff’s Office announces Unmanned Aerial System program

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

On April 17, 2019, The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office established an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program. The Agency currently has seven FAA licensed UAS pilots who will be operating a fleet of seven unmanned systems. The pilots are sworn deputies, who underwent classroom training, FAA examination and two days of hands on UAS operations.

Sheriff’s UAS fleet includes several different models, which will be utilized for various Agency needs. UAS will be used for search and rescue missions, special events, crash and crime scene photography and mapping, assisting fire departments as well as assisting other county departments.

The use of UAS will greatly improve efficiency when investigating serious motor vehicle collisions and will assist with opening roadways much quicker. The program also focuses on ensuring that the privacy of our citizens is protected.

The Sheriff’s Office is using computer software that documents each UAS mission, including training flights, to ensure that flights meets law enforcement needs and that the UAS was used for public safety purposes. Sheriff’s pilots will operate within the guidelines set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration and Agency Policy to maintain full compliance with federal UAS regulations. The Sheriff’s Office is excited for this new advancement.

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