Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

At least 910 state and local public safety agencies in the U.S. have acquired unmanned aircraft systems, according to information compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

The organization’s database includes all known law enforcement and emergency response agencies (including fire departments and EMS) that are reported to own at least one drone. However, the database may not reflect the total number of agencies that have used drones at some point, because is not uncommon for an agency to receive drone services from nearby agencies or to contract the services of a local drone operator, according to the Center. Texas, California and Wisconsin lead the states in terms of the number of agencies with drones.

The informal survey is based on a combination of local media reports and government records.

To read the May 2018 database report, Public Safety Drones: An Update, click here.


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