Workshops Train Law Enforcement on How to Respond to Illegal Drone Activity

DroneThe Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, announced a joint partnership with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) to provide educational workshops to the law enforcement community throughout the United States. The purpose of the educational workshops will be to train federal, state, and local law enforcement officers on proper techniques for responding to unauthorized or unlawful UAS flight operations, including intrusions within the operating vicinity of airports around the United States.

The workshop, “Responding to UAS Intrusions” will cover a variety of topics related to the UAS and its components, threats posed by UAS to critical infrastructure, types of UAS users, response protocols and best practices, legal enforcement authorities, and creating an agency standard. The first workshop will be held at AAAE Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on March 14-15, 2016. Additional workshops around the United States are planned for 2016.

In recent years, unlawful drone activity has rattled the international community. In 2015 an operator lost control of their drone, which crashed on the White House lawn triggering a large response by law enforcement.  In that same year, a drone was used to transport a radioactive substance onto the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office building prompting a large security response and a review of legislation governing the use of drones in Japan.

“With over one million drones projected to be flying in the United States this year, the threat of an incident occurring increases exponentially,” said Aaron Greenwald, President of the Unmanned Safety Institute. “We think it is absolutely vital that all law enforcement officers across the country have a deep understanding of this technology and how to appropriately respond to unauthorized activity in the event an incident occurs.” Justin Towles, Staff VP for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at AAAE stated how this partnership will provide important education and training on the enforcement of unauthorized UAS activity across the United States.  “This collaboration between AAAE and USI allows us to address industry’s critical need for specific guidance on UAS enforcement issues as both consumer and commercial drones proliferate across the country.”

To request further information or to attend this workshop, please e-mail

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