The Howard County Police Department is announcing the launch of a one-year field test to use drones in police operations. The program is the result of a recommendation from a workgroup that researched the technology for five months and proposed purchasing three drones for the field test.
Police Chief Lisa Myers will offer remarks about the police department’s preparations and plans for the new initiative. County Executive Calvin Ball will speak about his ongoing support for the implementation of testing for a drone program.
“This is another step forward in our commitment to the safety and security of our residents,” said Chief Myers. “As technology evolves, our agency will continue to evolve with it to ensure we are providing the most effective ways to protect our communities. The drones can help us in search-and-rescue operations and provide real-time information in potentially dangerous crisis situations.”
Following the event, the police department will provide a demonstration of the new drones for the media.
“Howard County is known throughout our state and nation as one of America’s safest communities. The launch of the drone program by the Howard County Police Department comes after months of research, testing, and piloting this innovative drone technology,” said County Executive Ball. “I’m thrilled to see the drone program get off the ground, allowing the HCPD to be more effective and efficient, while continuing to protect all our residents’ safety and civil liberties.”
- Lisa Myers, Howard County Chief of Police
- Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
What: Announcement of drone field test and demonstration of drone units
When: Thursday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Kiwanis-Wallas Park, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City