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Mark Edson
Jul 16, 2018
In Use Cases
So far our authorized flights have been: - Shooting occurred in front of a residence on the edge of Class D airspace in the county. Deputies arrived and stabilized the scene. Upon my arrival with the UAV, I contacted FAA Systems Operation Center, since my waiver was "Pending". Gave them the GPS information and emergency information, as well as planned flight activity. Within minutes received authorization. Launched the P4 with a V/O from a safe location and few over to the residence where a suspect was possibly baricaded inside. Few to the second story window and observed several gunshot holes through the window and house. Due to window/tablet glare, I could not clearly see inside of the bedroom. Circled around to another window and with prop-guards on, flew right up to the window gently touching the glass. Two things were about to happen: 1. suspect shoots the drone down 2. some evidence is seen that gives us information, either one is valuable and potentially life saving. The drone was not shot so I quickly returned and landed, grabbed the SD and went into the CP where we had a large TV to watch the video. Seen in the video was valuable information that allowed Commanders to send Negotiators home as well as others. This saved us thousands of dollars, and hours attempting contact with someone who clearly was not going to answer the phone inside. A successful flight, with everyone including media watching! - Crime Scene in Deer Trail, found that it's nice to have more batteries, and a way to charge them in the field. I actually knew this, so I grabbed a small personal generator I own and tossed it in my car. Also realized that taking aerial stills of a large area, without a program such as drone deploy or Pix 4D is a pain. - Crime Scene in Littleton, Mutual aid requested for a shooting. Large storage lot. Again, having an autonomous program would have helped a bunch. Also, other people, especially police officers love to talk to the operator, which as you know is a problem. There are now 3 required for a deployment. The RPIC, the VO and a safety officer to fend off the lookie loos'. - Accident on Parker Rd. Very useful and a great perspective to document debri fields, POI's etc!
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Mark Edson
Jul 16, 2018
In Share Your UAS Program
Arapahoe County UAS Program is off and running. We just received the blessing and publishing of our official policy. We have 5-107 Pilots and the Sheriff's Office owns a P4. We will be purchasing new platforms soon to increase our fleet and equipment. Two of our pilots are on the traffic team and I can see the most use coming from them, as they integrate their Pharrow Scanner with aerial imaging.
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Mark Edson
Jul 16, 2018
In General Discussions
I am tasked with doing bi-monthly trainings for our users. If you have a scheduled training that is open to 3-4 other operators, please let me know. - mark medson@arapahoegov.com
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