Montgomery County police hold public meeting on new plan to use drones as first responders

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  • Schipperke

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    Feb 19, 2013
    More background:

    Almost a week before Montgomery County Police’s new drone as a first responder program went live, a shoplifter was located and arrested during a trial run.

    Police are using two drones, one in the Downtown Silver Spring area and one in the Wheaton business district, to help deter and solve crimes as well as deal with its shortage of officers.
    Probably fake, you know geofencing and FAA rules etc.


    Not Even ONE Indictment
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    Feb 24, 2018
    Montgomery County
    Probably fake, you know geofencing and FAA rules etc.
    Their waiver is a mile deep, and what’s really something is it waives the requirement for line of site operations, directly over people and moving vehicles. Every single oh-no-you-don’t checkbox the FAA has for UAVs. Most BLOS is for remote industrial use (pipeline inspection, non-urban package delivery testing in the sticks, that sort of thing.

    I’m told off the record that some local county connections with MDW bought a lot of wiggle room most agencies elsewhere wouldn’t get. FAA apparently hated the idea, but got out-juiced.


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    Aug 18, 2020
    Capital Region


    Ultimate Member
    Aug 18, 2020
    Capital Region
    That’s the cog in the wheel in most jurisdictions.

    Let’s see where DC goes with this?

    I don't expect things to improve until the MPD gets back to around 4,000 officers.

    Staffing Report - January 2024:

    It's currently at 3,342 including recruits. There simply aren't enough officers on the street.

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