Idaho Falls Police Officer Tapped to Help State Create Drone Safety Council

An Idaho Falls Police Department officer has been selected to help create a statewide roster of agencies using drones. This is meant to both facilitate interdepartmental use of the technology as well as shepherd and inform departments new to unmanned aerial vehicles about the rules and accepted use-cases. 

According to the Post Register, police officer David Barker has been assigned to establish the Idaho Public Safety UAS Council, with the aim of creating a statewide directory of law enforcement entities operating drones. “What they want to do is start with a statewide roster or a directory of the agencies that are using unmanned aircraft systems,” said Barker. “Basically, if somebody needs a contact in some part of the state, there’s a directory of who to contact within the department.” 

The idea to create a statewide roster wasn’t entirely Idaho’s alone, as it’s merely one step toward creating a

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