August 15, 2019

Using drone aircraft in law enforcement

In response to a number of requests for legal information on the use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in law enforcement, AELE established a new web page in response to those requests at


The page contains discussion of, and links to, case law relevant to the use of drones in law enforcement and relevant federal regulations and state statutes and regulations (as currently adopted by 41 states), useful secondary material, and select sample agency policies.

CAUTION

Subsequent court and administrative rulings, or changes to laws, rules and regulations may have modified or clarified or vacated or reversed the decisions summarized here. Accordingly, these summaries should be Shepardized® or otherwise checked to make certain that the most recent information is being considered by the reader.
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