LEO Response to Drone Complaints

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UAS (or Drone) operations can be expected to play and increasing role in the future of law enforcement and public safety, as well as presenting a new facet to law enforcement response.These lessons focus on the preparation for response to drone complaints and incidents involving unmanned aircraft. What is the role of local law enforcement? What can you do, what can’t you do? What can you expect? What are the legal and jurisdictional issues? Where do we draw the line? What is the FAA’s roll in local incidents involving “drones”?


This course incorporates FAA Advisory Circulars, rules and resources designed to assist local law enforcement with response and investigation of incidents, accidents and complaints relating to unmanned aircraft.

The course is designed to aid the field officer with background knowledge of applicable rules and regulations and the appropriate actions necessary to provide the FAA and NTSB with relevant information for those agencies to conduct further investigation where warranted and to pursue any indicated prosecution on the Federal level, including fines and license forfeiture where indicated.

Public employees seeking to earn training credit may submit the syllabus to their training officer for approval.

Sources and references for this training course include:

  •     FAA Law Enforcement Guidance for  Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations
  •     The State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems  Fact Sheet
  •     Requirements for Registering and Marking Small Unmanned Aircraft
  •     Education, Compliance, and Enforcement of Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators
  •     Sports TFR 4/3621
  •     The LEA Guidance Card
  •     The UAS Enforcement FAQ’s

Total Course length: 36 minutes.

Section 1Enforcement Action
Lecture 1Enforcement Action
Section 2Defining the Boundaries
Lecture 1Defining the Boundaries
Section 3The Roll of Law EnforcementFree Preview

Lecture 1Law Enforcement ResponseFree Preview

Section 4Restrictions
Lecture 1Recreational, Commercail and Public Drones
Section 5Recreational, Commercial, Public
Lecture 1Restrictions
Section 6Partnering with the FAA
Lecture 1Enforcement Action
Section 7Review
Lecture 1Review
Final Quiz
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