University Police Drone Operations Take Flight

Officers in the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Police Department will soon be implementing leading-edge technology as part of a collaborative effort with the university’s unmanned aerial systems academic program. 


As part of the department’s commitment to professional and departmental development, UPD Chief Ray Ottman has announced an ambitious new goal to incorporate unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly known as drones – into UPD operations.


“We’re really excited about expanding the application of this technology,” he said. “Drones are seeing a surge of applications in law enforcement and emergency services across the country. Be it police, fire, search and rescue or incident response, this technology allows you to cover a lot of area without putting a person in a dangerous situation, and it allows us to gather important information and report data back.” 


At UAFS Ottman hopes the drones can be used to improve maintenance response, traffic

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