The public safety sector continues to grow and the need for police use of drones to protect and serve their communities is growing along with it. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Police Department Air Support Unit (ASU), first formed in 2017, is responsible for overseeing emergency service team (EST) operations. The team consists of two

This past weekend, Scottsdale, Arizona police used new drone detection technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to keep attendees (and players) safe. Sergeant Ben Hoster said, “Drones are becoming so inexpensive and so popular, we are getting ahead of this technology,” by linking up with Dedrone (an anti-drone solutions company) and Aerial Armor (a

Earlier this month, Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, announced that it will offer a one year free trial of its body cameras and cloud storage to every police department in the United States. While controversy about the use of body cameras is making the news now, controversy about cloud storage for the data captured by those cameras will impact police and prosecutions for years to come.

One third of U.S. law enforcement agencies use body cameras today, according to Axon. The company obviously wants that number to grow. This offer is part of an effort to do just that.

There is a concern, however, that police departments will quickly “opt in” for the free trial without thinking through the long-term data management issues that come along with it. 
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While there has been much debate over police department drones and individual privacy, now, a new concern has emerged: the threat of hackers. Recently, a security researcher, Nils Rodday, used a laptop and $40 worth of equipment to hack into a drone worth approximately $30,000. The drone Rodday specifically targeted was a police department drone,