The City of Monroe established its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program and began using drone technology in 2020. In preparation for the establishment of this program, policy regulations were drafted about how and when the device will be used. All pilots are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed drone operators. Any use of a UAS will be in strict accordance with constitutional and privacy rights and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
While using drones the City of Monroe will maintain its priorities on safety, transparency, and privacy.
Drone technology can only be used for specific operations including:
Situational awareness: assessing damage in hazardous conditions.
Search and rescue: assist with missing persons investigations.
Tactical deployment: help provide awareness to support officers/equipment being sent into emergency situations.
Crime scene investigation: document, measure, locate, and assist in investigation of a crime scene.
Traffic collision investigation: document, measure, locate, and assist in collision investigations.
Search warrant: collect evidence of a crime under an approved judicial search warrant.