FAA Issues New Drone Deterrence Guide To Police
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants police to help monitor, investigate, and control the “unauthorized” use of small drones, according to a new guide released yesterday to law enforcement in the United States. In part, the guide seeks “to provide guidance regarding the role of LEAs in deterring, detecting, and investigating unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations.”
The guide is light on specifics and acknowledges that “It is extremely difficult to provide a “one size fits all” guide to cooperative investigation of unauthorized UAS operations considering the myriad jurisdictions and the associated statutory and constitutional restraints and requirements.”
Alan Levin reported on the guide yesterday on Bloomberg News:
Aviation regulators are seeking help from local police to tame the increase of small drone operators endangering aircraft and people on the ground.
The Federal Aviation Administration today issued a 12-page guide to law enforcement agencies on how to handle encounters with operators of unmanned aircraft and gather evidence in the event legal action is needed.
“The proliferation of small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aircraft presents the Federal Aviation Administration with a challenge in identifying people who don’t follow the rules of the air or who endanger the nation’s airspace,” the agency said in a news release on its website.
The release is part of the agency’s response to growing safety incidents as thousands of people without aviation experience have begun flying small unmanned aircraft. The FAA logged 193 cases of drones flying near aircraft, buildings or crowds from Feb. 22 through Nov. 11.
The FAA’s goal is to educate users, “but the guidance makes clear the agency’s authority to pursue legal enforcement action against persons who endanger the safety of the National Airspace System,” the agency said in the release.
“There is evidence of a considerable increase in the unauthorized use of” small drones, the FAA said in the guidance.
It advised police to identify witnesses, conduct initial interviews and to contact drone operators suspected of violating flight rules. Police are often in a better position to detect violations and to gather evidence than the FAA’s own inspectors, the agency said. Alan Levin - Bloomberg.com
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