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UAS LogoIn July 2021, the Chico Police Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program, commonly known as drones was implemented. 

The department currently has seven pilots who hold a commercial drone, Part 107 license, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Chico PD currently flies two Mavic Enterprise Advanced drones along with four Mavic Mini 2’s.  The Mavic Advanced drones have a thermal camera that allows officers to more effectively track activity in the dark. 

The department’s UAS policy is comprehensive and prevents the use of drones from viewing private property without an order from a judge.

Aerial visibility and intelligence enhances de-escalation by providing officers with critical real-time information to formulate plans and tactics as they respond to emergencies.  Drones keep responding officers safe, improve resource allocation, and provide better, faster situation assessment.   

Drones are used for all types of police work to include, but not limited to:

· Bomb or Suspicious Packages
· Crime Scene Investigations
· Criminal Investigations
· Critical Incident Management
· Community Relations
· Crowd Control
· Locating Suspects
· Major Accident Investigations
· Missing Persons Investigations
· Perimeter Searches and Security
· Search and Rescue
· Search Warrants
· Special Events
· Training

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