The Blaine Police Department anticipates implementing an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS or drone) program. Public safety agencies across the country are beginning to see the benefits of the remote viewing capabilities of commercially available systems. In June 2023, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) released their Legislative Report covering UAS data from 2022. This report documented a total of 98 agencies throughout the State with active UAS programs. This includes 56 sheriff’s offices, 39 police departments, and three others including State Patrol, BCA, and Cannon River Task Force.
This year members of the Blaine Police Department began researching the proper implementation of an UAS program. This included an in-depth review of MN State Statute 626.19 Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The State Statute addresses: