Drones as a First Responder: The New Model Shaping the Future of Public Safety

Updated Apr 14, 2020
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With consumer safety concerns and expectations on the rise, today’s police forces are turning to technology, including drones, to drive both resource efficiencies and improve the safety of the communities they serve. As part of the national Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), the Chula Vista Police Department has partnered with Cape, the leading cloud platform for drone telepresence and data management, to pioneer an innovative new Drone as a First Responder model. With hundreds of flights conducted since its launch, the program is giving CVPD officers a level of aerial visibility never before possible, aiding in resource deployment and improving the safety of both responding officers and the greater Chula Vista community.

During this on-demand webinar, Chula Vista Police Department’s Chief Roxana Kennedy and Captain Vern Sallee discuss details of their Drone as a First Responder program, results to date, lessons learned, and how other agencies can successfully implement similar programs.

Key Takeaways:

  • How the Drone as a First Responder model differs from traditional public safety drone applications
  • Benefits of Drone as a First Responder programs, including:
    • Improved situational awareness and aerial intelligence for responding officers
    • Better and more accurate resource allocation
    • Reduced resource costs
    • Improved response outcomes
  • How to effectively implement a Drone as a First Responder program
  • How to address privacy concerns and gain community support
  • How Drone as a First Responder programs will shape the future of public safety


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