With all the technological advances happening today, it is easy to under-utilize key tools that are available. One of the biggest advancements today is the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that can make your job easier and produce more effective evidence. These rapidly deploy-able systems while become a critical tool and are already being used by some agencies in the United States already. There are over 146 drones in the United States that are available to consumers, we will take a look at some products that can make your career in law enforcement easier and more successful.
Aerial Crime Scene Mapping:
With certain UAS’s, law enforcement has the capability to create an aerial map of the entire crime scene giving you a bird’s eye view of the site. Sounds difficult? Not hardly. These aerial systems have the ability to set “way points” on a map and fly them autonomously. For example, the DJI Phantom 2 is capable of setting 16 way points with the desired speed, altitude, and activity at each of the way points. While on the way to a crime scene, law enforcement can predetermine these activities getting the most out of the time on scene. Combine this with PIX4D software and you get multi-dimensional capability allowing you to get a 360° by 360° view from any point of the photo. Using an aerial map of the crime scene in the investigation will play a critical role from the fresh file to the court room.
Aerial Thermal Imaging:
They can run, but they can’t hide from a thermal camera. When you get a call for a MISPER in a heavily forested area or have a tactical team ready to clear a building, eyes in the air that can see heat signatures play a critical role in your operations. When lives are on the line, don’t waste time guessing. It takes less than a minute to put a UAS in the air that will give you the upper hand on your subject. The SAR package for the Phantom 2 can give you two cameras in the sky with the flick of a switch, making it easy to use under any conditions.
These are just a few reasons that make Unmanned Aerial Systems a priceless tool for your department. The possibilities are endless and the results are priceless. Utilizing a drone is easier than you think and more cost effective than having a helicopter in the air. Your SWAT team will thank you later.