sUAS and Public Safety Infographic | National Police Foundation

sUAS and Public Safety Infographic

Click the tab below entitled “About the Infographic” for a short introduction.

About the Infographic

Ensuring the safety of the public is a core mission for all professional law enforcement agencies. In pursuit of this mission, law enforcement leverages many different types of tools, including new and emerging technologies. One of these latest technologies is the small-unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).

This infographic, entitled sUAS and Public Safety, highlights operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations for law enforcement agencies interested in using sUAS for public safety. It is intended to provide the reader with a broad, high-level understanding of the use of sUAS for public safety.

Importantly, the infographic highlights key recommendations for law enforcement agencies on engaging their communities in the co-production of public safety when using sUAS. It is also our hope that this infographic can help contextualize police use of sUAS for community members interested in learning more about the technology and its public safety applications.

We hope this infographic is an informative and useful tool, and we welcome input about its future iterations.


We would like to offer a special thanks to Chief Don Shinnamon, Sr. (Ret.) who provided invaluable expertise, comments, reactions, and guidance during the development of this infographic.