FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Cobalt Software Platform - Mark43
Mark43's Cobalt software platform unites a set of law enforcement tools securely...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

No upcoming webinars scheduled

Top News

Mexican Drone Crashes In El Paso Backyard

December 18, 2010  | 


An unmanned aircraft similar to this one operated by the Mexican government crashed into a residential area of El Paso. Photo via Aeronautics Defense System.

The Department of Homeland Security is leading the investigation of the crash of a Mexican drone aircraft in the backyard of a residential neighborhood in El Paso, reports the El Paso Times.

The crash in El Paso's Lower Valley neighborhood occurred shortly before 6:28 p.m. Tuesday, when the El Paso (Texas) Police Department was notified about it. "We were told it was not a police matter," Det. Mike Baranyay told the news outlet.

The recovered aircraft is an Orbiter UAV produced by Aeronautics Defense System and is a designed for use in military and homeland security missions, according to the company's website.

The Orbiter UAV can be deployed for "over-the-hill reconnaissance missions, low-intensity conflicts and urban warfare operations as well as any close-range ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) mission."

The crash is believed to be the first on record of a Mexican-operated drone on U.S. territory. The craft was secured by the U.S. Border Patrol and immediately returned to the Mexican government.

Earlier this summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ramped up its use of UAVs along the Texas-Mexico border to assist enforcement missions of drug and human smuggling enforcement. The agency has already been using the UAVs in Arizona.

Read the full story at ElPasoTimes.com.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Austin Police Detective Suspended Over Facebook Comments
The Austin (TX) Police Department suspended a detective they say posted inappropriate...
Indiana's Lawrence Police Department to Deploy Utility's BodyWorn Body Camera
Utility Inc. announced today that the Lawrence Police Department in Indiana will equip its...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine