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Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Law Enforcement

written by Kirby Beyer

Small, remotely operated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also commonly referred to as drones, are an effective way of providing law enforcement critical information to respond to calls for service and emergency situations, or to conduct criminal investigations. Some use cases include:

  • Better situational awareness of an incident which increases citizen and officer safety
  • Safely clearing the interior and exterior of buildings
  • Providing detailed documentation of crime and accident scenes
  • Searching for lost or missing persons

Over the past ten years, and in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have piloted new innovative use of drones to increase public safety and improve operations.

Read the complete article here Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Law Enforcement – Winbourne Consulting, LLC (

About the author:  Kirby Beyer is a Senior Consultant with Winbourne Consulting and a retired Assistant Sheriff from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Kirby can be reached at

How can Winbourne Consulting help your agency with UAS?

  • Program implementation assessments
  • Improving the continuity of executive level visibility of the project
  • Developing an ongoing strategic vision for a program
  • Program vendor management during implementation
  • Enhancing the messaging of the program both internal and external
  • Framing community outreach in support of the program
  • Providing resource relief so fulltime personnel can spend more time on primary duties

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Winbourne Happenings

City of Saco, Maine

The City of Saco, Maine, has contracted with Winbourne Consulting to conduct an assessment of their Emergency Communication Center. The goal is to provide Saco stakeholders with an assessment of the City’s current paradigm for public safety service delivery, based on an understanding of current operations and technology. The assessment will also include an exploration of all service delivery and technology options and provide Saco with recommendations that are actionable with clearly identified pros and cons, costs, and timelines.   

State of Hawaii

Winbourne recently completed an assessment and plan development to migrate to a Next Generation 911 (NG911) service platform for the State of Hawaii. 

Winbourne completed the following tasks and deliverables:

  • Educational sessions on the migration to NG911 with the PSAPs and County public safety personnel
  • Review of current legislation to determine future changes needed to support the migration
  • Cost analysis for the migration
  • A detailed assessment of the current infrastructure including gaps and improvements needed to migrate to an IP based NG911
  • A NG911/ESInet Requirements Report
  • An ESInet Detailed Design Document
  • An ESInet Implementation Plan
  • Final Recommendations and Plan

Articles of Interest

Transform911 Blueprint for Change

We are members of APCO and follow the PSConnect and other forums. We understand the Transform911 Blueprint for Change is a bit controversial and has received both positive and negative comments from the 911 community. Please review the postings on APCO PSConnect for all comments. We received permission to publish comments sent directly to us from Lora Ueland, who participated on the Transform911 Committee. 

Winbourne strives to keep it customers informed of all significant activity within the 911 community and has included a link to the report below. 

Read the report here:

Transform911 Committee Member Input

by Lora Ueland

July 14, 2022

Transform911 seeks to spur innovation and creativity in re-imagining how emergency services are delivered in this country while celebrating and supporting the amazing men and women who answer the calls and connect help to those in need. A thoughtful and informed series of recommendations was developed over 18 months of planning, research and collaboration with a wide array of contributors, including many 911 professionals. This blueprint provides recommendations and action steps for local, state, and federal action to better support the 911 professional in today’s world.       

I said yes to this project because I believe it is time to fully invest in 911 and provide the resources, support and significance for this industry.  Other 911 leaders, such as Tyrell Morris with New Orleans and Jeremy Hill with Amarillo Fire, said yes for the same reasons. It is time to invest in mental health and community responders to relieve the police from being the default and to allow 911 to provide the right resource at the right time. The public needs to know 911 is a distinct and integral part of public-safety and realize it is a meaningful career option. 

This blueprint uplifts and elevates the 911 professional and is a call to action to invest in this critical public-safety resource. I am proud to have been a part and look forward to helping to further the conversation and action.

Lora Ueland, RPL, CPE

Executive Director, Valley Com 911

WA APCO/NENA Chapter President

On July 16, the U.S. will transition the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to 9-8-8: an easy-to-remember three-digit number for 24/7 crisis care.

 Friday, July 15, 2022 

The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year joint effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), FCC, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to put crisis care more in reach for people in need.


The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, signed into law after the passage of bipartisan legislation in 2020, authorized 9-8-8 as a new three-digit number for suicide and mental health crisis support. All telephone service and text providers in the U.S. and the five major U.S. territories are required by the FCC to activate 9-8-8 no later than July 16.

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Public safety agencies that deal with complex missions and regional partners need up-to-date technology to effectively defend against cyber threats and streamline operations.

By Bill Campbell, JULY 14, 2022

State and local governments are facing technology challenges that were unheard of even a few years ago. Every year, new and evolving cyber hazards are surfacing, and public safety agencies are increasingly in the crosshairs of attackers.

When a public safety agency is targeted, the impact can be far-reaching; critical systems are inaccessible and unusable, communication is shuttered and citizens are left at risk. But despite the rising threat vectors, many agencies are still relying on outdated IT solutions, which can make them even more susceptible to attack.

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House committee approves bill with $10 billion for NG911

Written by Donny Jackson14th July 2022

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today voted unanimously to send a bill to the House floor that would extend the FCC’s spectrum-auction authority and dedicate $10 billion from a future auction to fund emergency call centers’ transition to IP-based, next-generation 911 (NG911) technology.


Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chairman of the committee, noted that H.R. 7624—the “Spectrum Innovation Act of 2022”—continues to require the FCC to auction at least 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.1-3.45 GHz band. Proceeds from this auction would fill the funding gap in the “rip-and-replace” initiative to rid U.S. networks of gear from China-based firms and would provide NG911 funding nationwide.


However, the version of the bill that passed committee also incorporated a bill that would extend the FCC’s auction authority—currently set to expire at the end of September—for an additional 18 months.


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Industry Events

August 7 - 10, 2022

Anaheim, CA

88th Annual Conference & Expo

APCO 2022 is the premier event for public safety communications officials, from frontline telecommunicators to comm center managers to public safety communications equipment and services vendors.


To learn more, visit:  APCO 2022 | 88th Annual Conference & Expo

October 10-14, 2022

Orlando, FL

For more than 30 years, EMS World Expo has been the leading education event for emergency medical healthcare professionals. This is where the leading medical experts from across the world come together to share their innovative research, demonstrate cutting-edge procedures, and drive the field of paramedicine and the delivery of emergency medical services forward.


To learn more, visit:  Home | EMS World Expo

August 24 - 26, 2022

San Antonio, TX


Each summer, thousands of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come to Fire-Rescue International (FRI) to learn, network and collaborate together.


To learn more, visit:   Fire-Rescue International (

October 15-18, 2022

Dallas, TX

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition is the largest and most impactful law enforcement event of the year.

To learn more, visit:  IACP Conference 2022 – THE IACP – Shaping the future of the policing profession (

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