Basic Law Enforcement Response D.R.O.N.E.
Direct attention outward and upward, attempt to locate and identify individuals operating the drone. (Look at windows/balconies/roof tops)
Report incident to the FAA Regional Operations Center (ROC). Follow-up assistance can be obtained through FAA Law Enforcement Assistance Program special agents.
Observe the UAS and maintain visibility of the device, look for damage or injured individuals.
Note: Battery life is typically 20 to 30 minutes.
Notice features: Identify the type of device (fixed-wing/multi-rotor), its size, shape, color, payload (i.e., video equipment), and activity of device.
Execute appropriate police action: Maintain a safe environment for general public and first responders. Conduct a field interview and document ALL details of the event per the guidance provided by the FAA.
Always follow agency policies – Take appropriate action based on the facts and circumstances of the incident and site/area specific laws and rules. The FAA’s enforcement action does NOT impact ANY enforcement action/s taken by law enforcement.
Local ordinances that may apply include, but are not limited to: Reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, voyeurism, inciting violence.
FAA Drone Incident Reporting
Document and provide the following information to FAA:
- Identity of operators and witnesses (name, contact information)
- Type of operation (hobby, commercial, public/governmental)
- Type of device(s) and registration information (number/certificate)
- Event location and incident details (date, time, place)
- Evidence collection (photos, video, device, confiscation)
Contact your FAA LEAP agent or an FAA Operations Center for assistance.
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