It has become clear that small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are proven vital public safety tools, but back in 2008 that vision wasn’t as clear. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was one of the first U.S. public safety agencies to formally start an sUAS program, work with the FAA to secure an operational COA, and put the aircraft into service.
Draganfly Innovations Inc. teamed with the MCSO by providing two Draganflyer X6 sUAS helicopter systems and from there, the MCSO unmanned program literally took off. The commitment and persistence of the MSCO staff not only established one of the first public safety operational COAs, but a few years later, was the first agency to secure approval by the FAA to extend their COA countywide.
In recognition of these accomplishments and the significance of this program, the National Law Enforcement Museum will have one of the original MCSO Draganflyer X6 helicopter systems in its collection, available for research and display. The Draganflyer X6 and the MCSO paved the way for other U.S. agencies to start operating these fascinating aircraft that in turn, are saving lives, and being used to assist in protecting our officers.
About the Mesa County Colorado Sheriff’s Office
Mesa County is located on the Western Slope of Colorado, bordering the central Utah state line. The County consists of more than 3,300 square miles, with the Sheriff’s Office policing both rural and urban populations. The agency has a staff of about 250 people, including both sworn and civilian employees, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their deputies routinely respond to a variety of situations in a variety of weather conditions, terrain, obstacles, and in addition, manage the only jail in the County. The Sheriffs have consistently balanced taxpayer funds with the use of efficient technology to do the best job possible on the streets of Mesa County.
About the National Law Enforcement Museum
A project of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. The Memorial Fund’s mission is to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve. For more information, visit http://www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
About Draganfly Innovations:
Draganfly Innovations, the longest running manufacturer of multi-rotor helicopters in the world and the maker of the first civilian small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to be credited with saving a life, designs Draganflyer helicopters, the best aerial vehicles in the world, along with Draganview control software. A recognized technology and industry leader, Draganfly shapes the aerial imaging and public safety revolution with its gyro stabilized camera payload systems and digital video down-link technology. Draganfly has reinvented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is defining the emergency services market with the Draganflyer Guardian, and X4-ES systems.
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