The city of Louisville, Kentucky has submitted its formal plea to the FAA’s drone innovation pilot program in hopes to legislate and standardize the use of camera-drones to surveil gunshot sites that are in process. Sending in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in an officer’s stead is becoming increasingly appealing as they could prevent the loss of life and give local law enforcement functional aerial vantage points otherwise inaccessible.
According to CNET, the aforementioned pilot program (which President Trump legislated last October) gives local, state, and tribal governments the ability to designate certain areas as drone-testing sites. These would allow for testing such as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), nighttime operations, and more. Clearly, Louisville is taking advantage of this new opportunity by focusing on providing its law enforcement authorities with modern aerial tools that could potentially save lives and maximize overall