Last week, the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate drones over people. The Department will routinely conduct drone operations over people for purposes of public safety and monitoring. Currently, the Department has five drones –all equipped with a parachute recovery system. Specifically, the Department says it will use the drones to photograph, measure and document complicated crash scenes, which will remove troopers from dangerous roadways and lessen delays for motorists. The Department’s data collection or information retention procedures were not included in the announcements.