Category Archives: Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

Drones activities within the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

Nokia wants to turn police vans and fire engines into command and control centers to help emergency responders.

The idea is for fire engines to have their own personal 4G network with a 50km radius.

From the command centre, fire fighters would launch drones and use their cameras to survey the scene. The same concept is being used for search and rescue, with artificial intelligence linking the drones together into a “swarm”, so only one pilot is needed to direct a whole group of drones.

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Police used a drone to track down a fleeing suspect who was armed with a gun.

Orland Park, Illinois police used a drone to track down a fleeing suspect who was believed to be armed with a gun. Arturo Galvez, 30, is facing felony charges in Orland Park of aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting arrest. Galvez was chased into Orland Park by Chicago police where he fended off police officers, according to a police news release.

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Some of the Ways Criminals are using Drones.

Nefarious use of drones is likely to get worse before it gets better, according to officials.

  • Counter surveillance of law enforcement agents is the fastest-growing way that organized criminals are using drones.
  • Some criminal organizations have begun to use drones as part of witness intimidation schemes: they continuously surveil police departments and precincts in order to see “who is going in and out of the facility and who might be co-operating with police,”
  • Criminal crews are using drones to observe bigger target facilities, spot security gaps, and determine patterns of life: where the security guards go and when.
  • Criminal groups have begun have used drones as part of elaborate smuggling schemes,
  • Criminal networks were using drones to watch Border Patrol officers, identify their gaps in coverage, and exploit them.

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“My neighbors watch my back and I watch theirs”. Drone captures video of thief.

“Kind of looks like a deer caught in the headlights,” said Micah Perkins,  of Wewoka, Oklahoma. who said he knew something was wrong at his neighbor’s home.

Perkins then picked up his drone.

“I didn’t really think about it,” he said. “I just had it, and it was the perfect opportunity.”

Authorities said the female suspect, identified as Marissa Ramsey, was with a man but he left her in the dust.

“When he spotted the drone spotting him, he drove off rather quickly,” said Deputy Thomas Wood with Seminole County. “And, at this time, the operator of the drone noticed a female running from the residence.”

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Drone Helps Richland County Sheriff’s Department Capture Murder Suspect in South Carolina.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said they had help capturing an accused murderer Tuesday from a new perspective– they used a drone to help locate him.

“We use the drone to assist with our deputies on the ground with the perimeter. We use it to scan the area. The suspect was actually in a thick area of the woods. Our SWAT team is here on the left, the suspect is actually here in the center, he’s actually seen as a white hot-spot,”

RCSD says they have used drones three times in the past week and now have four drones in the program.

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Drone sparks 335-acre wildfire north of Flagstaff, Arizona

A “personal drone” burst into flames Tuesday afternoon, sparking a wildfire that quickly grew to more than 300 acres in northern Arizona, officials said.

The Kendrick Fire, southeast of Kendrick Park and northwest of Flagstaff, started about 12:35 p.m. and quickly blackened about 335 acres of grass before crews stopped its spread, Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens said.

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Tennessee Man rescued from tree after failed attempt to rescue his drone

A drone pilot who tried to rescue his aircraft when it got stuck at the top of a tree at Rogersville’s Crockett Creek Park Saturday evening had to be rescued from the tree himself when he got stuck about 40 feet up.
Shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday, the man — who luckily had his phone in his pocket at the time — called Rogersville emergency dispatch from about 40 feet up in the tree to report that he’d climbed about halfway to the top and couldn’t get back down.