Setting Up a Public Safety Program Training

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Tuesday, September 4

As drones become an integral tool in the public safety sector, it is essential to have a solid public safety program in place. This full-day workshop will dive into the foundation needed to set up a successful plan, ways to establish safe protocols, the technical and tactical challenges faced during implementation, and best practices for integrating drones into daily first responder operations.


This full-day training session will deliver information to provide public safety professionals with the steps to develop a UAS unit, from a draft proposal to becoming fully operational, rules and regulations pertinent to public safety operations, SOP development, training program development, tactical challenges, UAS public safety mission profiles, real-world mission debriefs, and best industry practices and developing standards.

There is much more to utilizing a UAS for public safety beyond charging batteries and flying missions, including selecting your unit administration personnel, selecting an aircraft that fits your mission requirements, training your pilots, understanding regulations and legislation specific to safety UAS operations as well as documenting flights, maintenance, and crashes. This workshop is designed to provide insight that encompasses many of these issues faced by public safety agencies when developing a UAS unit.


  • Current professional public safety organization standards development
  • Effects of various state legislation regarding the use of a UAS for law enforcement operations
  • Agency policy development
  • Pros and cons of following CFR 14 part 107 versus a public aircraft certificate of authorization


  • Steps to take during program development
  • Unit staffing and pilot selection criteria
  • Documenting missions, flights, maintenance, and crash incident investigations
  • Understanding the differences between CFR 14 Part 107 and a public safety certificate of authorization
  • Developing a training program
  • Types of missions that a UAS can be utilized for
  • Real-world mission debriefs and discussion

Michael Uleski – Daytona Beach Shores Dept. of Public Safety/DARTDrones Chief Public Safety Flight Instructor

Michael is a full-time public safety officer for the Daytona Beach Shores Dept. of Public Safety where he is certified as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMT. He developed the UAS unit for the agency and currently supervises multiple pilots and aircraft. Since the unit began operations in 2016, he has flown missions to include relief and recovery flights during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, structure fire and wildfire operations, fleeing suspect pursuits, water search and rescue, and payload deployment during an armed subject standoff. In addition to being a professional in the pubic safety industry, he is also the Chief public safety instructor for DARTDrones. There he has assisted in development of public safety UAS training curriculum and has provided training to a multitude of public safety agencies across the country. Michael is also an FAA commercial pilot with a formal education from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. Degree in aeronautics.

The full layout of the day is as follows and is a total for 4.5 hours of intense training: 


 9:00 am–5:30 pm  Registration & Badge Pickup
 11:00 am–11:05 am  Welcome Notes
 11:05 am–12:30 pm  Training Session
 12:30 pm–2:00 pm  Lunch Break
 2:00 pm–3:30 pm  Training Session
 3:30 pm–4:00 pm  Coffee Break
 4:00 pm–5:30 pm  Final Review