This toolkit is designed to assist law enforcement and public safety entities in operating and handling situations involving drones or UAS.
- Download and print our Law Enforcement Pocket Card (PDF)
- Download our Drones in Public Safety: A Guide to Starting Operations (PDF)
- State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PDF)
- Letter to COA Holders – Statutory Requirement to Register UAS
(November 5, 2014) (PDF)
- First Responder Tactical Beyond Visual Line of Sight (TBVLOS) 91.113 Waiver Guide (PDF)
Webinar: Drone Safety: It’s the Law
The use of drones in our nation’s airspace is rapidly increasing, which raises both opportunities and challenges for public safety and government officials. Learn more about how your authority allows you to take action and respond to unauthorized or unsafe drone operations. Watch the webinar.
Advisory Circular (AC) 00-1.1B
Government or government-contracted aircraft operations must obtain COA from the FAA prior to operations.
Advisory Circular 00-1.1B, Public Aircraft Operations
The Exception for Recreational Flyers
People who fly their drone, UAS, or model aircraft for fun are considered recreational flyers.
Recreational Flyers & Modeler Community-Based Organizations
Authorization for limited recreational operations as described in section 44809 (PDF)
Advisory Circular 91-57B – Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft
The FAA’s B4UFly App assists users in determining where they can and can’t fly. Law enforcement and public safety agencies can use it to determine where they can operate drones or whether drone operations are authorized in a specific location or not.
Public Safety Small Drone Playbook
Drones are being safely integrated into our national airspace for recreational, commercial, and public safety uses. However, unauthorized operations can cause potential hazards to people and property both in the air and on the ground. Our Public Safety Small Drone Playbook is intended to be used as an informational resource for public safety officials conducting investigations regarding drones. The Playbook can assist in determining the difference between authorized and non-authorized drone operations and what potential actions public safety might take.
Do you work in public safety? We encourage you to download this Playbook as a reference (PDF).
Airspace Awareness and Geofencing
Out-of-the-Box Protection of
High-Risk Airport Locations
Recommendations for using Airspace Awareness and Geofencing
Purpose: This document provides an example of how the DST is able to leverage industry partnerships and
collaboration to develop solutions focused on improving awareness and enhancing safety in the NAS.
The objective of SE-1 Airspace Awareness and Geofencing is to reduce the risk of collision with otheraircraft or structures by improving airspace awareness (of operators) and geofencing capabilities (of systems).
The UAST identified two areas that should be addressed:
a) Education, outreach (and possibly credentialing) centered around airspace authorization.
b) Enabling technology safety features to help prevent flight into unauthorized airspace.
The DST supports concurrent UAS safety enhancement efforts focusing on individual operators, product
manufacturers, and service providers alike. While other industry and government efforts are ongoing
that will address the education, outreach, and credentialing aspects of SE-1, this white paper focuses
one specific technology – geofencing, for industry consideration and system integration. Further, this
white paper is limited to one specific recommendation regarding geofencing. Other recommendations
may follow in the future.
The DST acknowledges that subsequent refinement of concepts proposed in this document or related
standards and specifications must be jointly developed by qualified government and industry
stakeholders (e.g., FAA, ASTM, RTCA, etc.).