Drone Program

NBDPS Drone Program

Introduction

Public Safety Departments across the State of Minnesota have begun to utilize the advancements in unmanned aerial vehicle/system (UAV/UAS or “drone”) technology.  UAVs serve to assist in search and rescue, fire scene assessment and investigation, large area crime scene investigations and other benefits to overall public safety.  The New Brighton Department of Public Safety has begun to explore the addition of UAVs in an effort to provide the best public safety services possible to our community.

The public comment period closed on August 31st, 2022. There will be one additional opportunity for public comment on Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:30pm at our City Council Meeting.

Links

NBPD Draft UAS Policy

New Brighton Public Safety Draft Drone Policy (PDF)

MN State Statute 626.19:  Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/626.19

2021 BCA Legislative Report: Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/Documents/2021-Use-of-Unmanned-Aerial-Vehicles.pdf

League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) Frequently Asked Questions on unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)

https://www.lmc.org/wp-content/uploads/documents/Drones-Municipal-Use-and-Regulation.pdf