For Drones in Public Safety, Responsibility Is Everything

Drones have become a more visible part of American society since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while many use cases haven’t drawn much scrutiny, occurrences such as unarmed military-grade drones flying over protests have raised concerns about the intentions of public safety organizations that utilize the technology. 

Government agencies have to be careful not to damage the public’s trust; otherwise, they may not be able to fly drones anymore. That’s the perspective of Charles E. Werner, a retired fire chief who directs DRONERESPONDERS, a program that, according to its website, brings together drone users with “the ultimate objective of maximizing drone operations for public safety.”

Earlier this month, DRONERESPONDERS released “The Five C’s,” which are principles that departments can follow in order to ensure responsible use of drones. The top principle: community engagement and transparency. 


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