In an effort to help law enforcement agencies better protect and serve their communities, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) and the state Department of Homeland Security will host a drone expo on Thursday for local law enforcement agencies.
As part of the effort, the New York State Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit and Industry Demo Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Griffiss International Airport. The event will feature more than a dozen UAS and drone manufacturers showing off their wares to law enforcement agencies interested in starting or bolstering their drone units.
Law enforcement officers and officials from a host of various agencies will gather at the airport to see the latest technology, some of which is already being used nationwide to bolster search-and-rescue operations for lost or missing adults or children, apprehend suspects who may have fled from law enforcers and to perform a host of aerial functions designed to help law enforcers when traditional methods may be too dangerous or ineffective.
Law enforcement agencies around the country have also used drones to collect evidence from crime scenes, to conduct surveillance of suspects and properties as well as to photograph traffic crash scenes, monitor jails and correctional facilities, track fugitives, survey and control crowds as well as a host of other uses and functions.
Out of local police agencies, the Rome Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and state police have drone programs and officers who are licensed to operate or “pilot” these unmanned systems.
Several of the manufacturers will hold outdoor demonstrations throughout the day, including WhiteFox, FLYMOTION, AeroDefense, Fotokite and more.
NUAIR CEO Ken Stewart will be on hand to kick off the event.
The demo day will be run by NYFLY, one of NUAIR’s core initiatives to help state and local agencies integrate drone operations into their existing departments. NYFLY has assisted over 20 agencies in implementing their drone programs, officials said.