Community Policing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and Police Foundation, 2016
Understanding the challenges that public perceptions of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) bring, the Police Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), developed this guidebook to help public safety agencies successfully assess the appropriateness of acquiring sUAS in their jurisdiction, all the while ensuring public support, avoiding public-relations pitfalls, and enhancing community trust along the way. The recommendations laid out in this guidebook— maximizing transparency, engaging the community, and proactively developing privacy protection protocols— have the potential to become a positive “disruptive” force in police practices: a force that transforms former practices. Following this successful formula could be the first step toward making community policing practices the watchword in the policing of the future.