1. Building the case for UAV’s in
a law enforcement context
Assistant Commissioner Alistair Dawson APM
Queensland Police Service
2. Touching on
Technology in Policing
Recency of UAVs
What happens when
> “Eyes in the sky”, Inquiry into drones and the regulation of air
safety and privacy, House of Representatives Standing
Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.
3. Technology in policing
Body worn video
4. Recency of UAVs
UK 1848 steam powered propeller driven model
aircraft with a 10 foot wingspan called the aerial
steam carriage. Successfully flew for a distance of
approximately 60 yards.
USA 1896 successful flight of a steam powered
model called Aerodrome Number 5, flew along the
Potomac river for 3/4 mile.
5. Recency of UAVs
March 1918 the Charles Kettering Aerial
Torpedo, (Kettering Bug) was a parallel
effort backed by the American Army.
V1 Buzz bomb.
April 1942 Interstate TDR “assault drone”
Two key areas
Privacy (Information Management)
Wednesday 2 October 2013 RPA crashed into the Sydney
Harbour Bridge and landed on the bridge train line. (ATSB)
6 April 2014 Geraldton WA, triathelete allegedly struck by an
RPA being used to film the event – matter with Commonwealth
DPP. (Eyes in the sky)
On 22 March 2014, at about 2200hrs, a Bell 412 helicopter,
lifted off from John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for a flight of
about 2 NM to the Newcastle Westpac helipad, with five crew
members on board. As the helicopter descended through
about 1,000 ft AGL and banked to the left, the pilot observed
the UAV about 100 m away and at about the same level as the
On 12 September 2013, at about 0930, the pilot of
an Ayres S2R aircraft, commenced aerial agricultural
operations on a property about 37 km south-
southwest of Horsham aerodrome, Victoria.
Operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV),
Sensefly eBee 178, arrived at the Echo mine site to
conduct an aerial photography 1 to 1.5km
Both aircraft 100-150 ft AGL and came within about
100 m horizontally of each other.
A small RQ-7 Shadow UAV apparently collided with what looks like it might be an Air Force MC-
130 in the skies over Afghanistan read more: http://defensetech.org/2011/08/17/midair-
• Different law enforcement agencies have different
• It is unlikely to replace aspects of policing at this
• Areas for short term potential:
> High risk
> Forensic examination of larger outdoor crime scenes
> Disaster Management – post impact
> Forensic Crash investigation
Continued development of technology and materials.
Focus on barriers to safety (Eyes in the sky, p. 16)