Elk Grove Police Department Unmanned Aircraft Systems (U.A.S.) program is a resource to protect lives and property of citizens and officers of Elk Grove in a constitutionally and legally sound manner, while in adherence with Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) regulations.
The Elk Grove Police Department U.A.S program is an efficient and effective way of providing law enforcement services to the community. Some examples of U.A.S. usage are public safety and life preservation missions including, but not limited to, barricade situations, active shooters, apprehension of armed and dangerous fleeing suspects, and high-risk search warrants, investigative scenes, missing persons incidents, search and rescue operations, disaster scene incidents, hazmat incidents, suspected explosive devices, pursuant to a warrant (search or arrest), special events, outside public agency assists, training missions, and mutual aid support when the underlying missions meets the uses outlined in the EGPD U.A.S. policy.
EGPD currently has eleven U.A.S systems and three officers trained and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unmanned aircraft pilots. EGPD sworn patrol staff have been trained to serve important support roles within the UAS program as visual observers. This important training allows for the visual observers to partner with pilots in providing a safer environment for all persons and property in the area while the unmanned aircraft is being utilized.