Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus to offer UAS Law Enforcement Training course in April


From April 9-12, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus and law enforcement partners will offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can use UAS in daily operations and safety procedures. The course will be held at the campus in Salina, Kansas.

Attendees of the course will be taught the necessary skills to operate UAS for specific law enforcement purposes. Pilots will receive hands-on flight training in several areas such as, but not limited to, accident scene reconstruction, search and rescue operations, and night operations.

“The search and rescue scenario will include training using full-motion video sensors and forward-looking infrared sensors,” comments Kurt Carraway, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and the executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State Polytechnic.

Carraway says that the course will also introduce officers to techniques in using multiple aircraft and crews to execute a “replace on station exercise,” which is designed to enable a “persistent, continuous search capability.” Replace on station involves sending up a second UAS to replace one already in the air collecting data, but is running low on battery.  

Along with flight training, attendees will also learn best practices for UAS operations, FAA regulatory guidance for law enforcement agencies, and software tools for “extracting actionable information from UAS operations.”

The UAS Law Enforcement Training course was developed based on feedback the campus received from attendees of its Small UAS Commercial Pilot Training course, Carraway says. Most of those attendees—43 percent—are first responders.

Attendees of the Small UAS Commercial Pilot Training course indicated a “strong need for a practical flight training program directed at specific-use cases for first responders.”