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SJPD Unmanned Aerial System Technology - Information and Scheduled Public Outreach
Filed under Press Release, on 12/1/2014 8:27:00 AM by Author: Sergeant Heather Randol #3528.

SJPD Unmanned Aerial System Technology The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is exploring the possibility of using Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology, commonly referred to as a drone, in a limited scope.

About the UAS

Earlier in 2014, the Police Department obtained one UAS, specifically for the SJPD Bomb Unit. The UAS is a Century NEO 660 Hex-Rotor which has a Go-Pro camera for aerial video footage. The UAS is 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall.

If and when policies and procedures are drafted and finalized, the SJPD would ensure the UAS usage would be compliant with FAA regulations, federal and state law. The SJPD would also obtain a Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the FAA prior to using the UAS.

The SJPD is not using the UAS currently.

Neighborhoods Commission Meeting, Nov. 13, 2014

The SJPD made a presentation to the Neighborhoods Commission about the UAS on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2014. The purpose of the discussion was to seek input from the commissioners about whether UAS technology is appropriate for police to utilize in San Jose as well as to ask for the commission's assistance with community outreach.

View the PowerPoint presentation:

Upcoming Community Outreach Meetings

The Neighborhoods Commission is hosting a Community Outreach Meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at San Jose City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, in the Wing, Committee Room 120.

Police will give a presentation about the UAS and proposed uses, followed by a question and answer period with the public.

View the flier for additional meeting details:

Details about additional community outreach meetings to be held in early 2015 are coming soon.


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