About this course

NOTE: This is a free resource, NOT an eLearning course. There is no pretest or posttest, and you will not receive a certificate of completion for reviewing this resource.

Resource Overview:

Recently, a growing number of agencies have explored the use of drones as a promising new practice. To help guide public safety agencies through the process of establishing and implementing successful drone programs, the US Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has partnered with the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) to create and make available the Implementing a Public Safety Drone Program: Instructor-led Training Support Package (Drone ILTSP).

Developed as a comprehensive training resource for in-person instruction, Drone ILT provides direct access to instructional materials addressing drone program implementation in a public safety setting. Specifically, the Drone ILTSP includes downloadable versions of the following:

  • Instructor Guide complete with a researched and cited instructional script
  • Participant Guide that includes notes, exercises, and activity pages
  • Pre- and post-course assessment and corresponding answer key
  • Course media (case study videos) in standard, closed captioned (CC), and audio-description (AD) versions

Appropriate for delivery as an 8-hour, in-person training or segmented modular training, the Drone ILTSP course includes an examination of current credentialing requirements, the evolving nature of drone technology and associated regulations, as well as guidance for determining the scope of resources needed for successful implementation. All materials are designed to be fully accessible (508 compliant) and focus on engaging participants through carefully crafted discussions, activities, and case studies that encourage participants to learn from the experiences and insights shared by featured practitioners on the ways they use drone programs to support and enhance their service to the community.

Target Audience: Public safety agencies interested in implementing a drone program, police agencies, sheriff’s departments, fire and rescue services, and other public safety stakeholders.

Cooperative Partners: This project was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was supported by cooperative agreement 2020-CK-WXK-050 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Type: Resource
All Topics: Community Policing
Sub-topic: Policing Technology
Learning Partner(s): NCPI


Start date: 01/03/23

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