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Police Purchases Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Post Date:09/23/2019

September 18, 2019 -- Bartlett Police Department recently purchased a DJI Matrice 210 and a DJI Mavic Pro small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) to enhance the department’s mission of protecting lives and property when other means and resources are not available or are less effective. This purchase was fully funded from seized drug asset forfeiture funds and did not utilize any taxpayer dollars. The DJI Matrice 210 is a state-of-the art sUAS equipped with infrared and thermal camera technology and a high definition 30x optical zoom camera. The DJI Mavic Pro is smaller and is equipped with a high definition camera that will allow the police department to quickly deploy it outdoors or in a close quarter setting.

The Police Department’s sUAS program consists of a program coordinator, team supervisor and several other individuals, who successfully completed a weeklong training to obtain their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot Certificate. This certificate is required to allow them to fly a sUAS under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (Part 107) as it certifies their understanding of the regulations, operating requirements and procedures for safely flying a sUAS.  

Bartlett will strictly adhere to privacy law, such as the Illinois Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, and the safety operating procedures established by the FAA when deploying sUAS equipment.  

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