In the modern era technology is playing a significant role in how our law enforcement modernize to serve the communities. Drones are known as an emerging technology that is changing the way our law enforcement assess the high-risk missions, crimes, and rescue efforts. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is remotely controlled by a person that is used to gather aerial intelligence among other things. In the law enforcement field, the drones usually are equipped with sophisticated cameras that has the capabilities to zoom in, capture stills, and record videos from the sky. More expensive drones are outfitted with thermal camera that can be used to detect a heat signature through smoke or in the night (Feeney, 2016). In some cases, there are custom-made modules such as searchlights, loudspeakers, and flashers that expands how the drone can be utilized in several different methods. The drones are becoming more and more popular because of how flexible and adaptable they are, given the wide array of modules that can be used for different scenarios in contrast to traditional policing like body-worn cameras and traffic cameras. In this literature review, I will provide three working papers that I plan to develop which consists of: different uses of drones in law enforcement, establishing policies to provide oversight on operating the drones and pilot licensing, and finally, data that I plan to obtain for analysis.
Criminal Justice (MS)
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Department of Criminal Justice (CLA)
Ericksen, Keith, "Policing with Eyes in Sky: Analysis of Drone Programs in Law Enforcement" (2019). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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