When can you use a UAS without a search warrant?

Minnesota Statute 626.19 restricts the use of a UAS without a search warrant to the following nine circumstances:

  1. During or in the aftermath of an emergency situation or disaster that involves the risk of death or bodily harm to a person. 
  2. Over a public event where there is a heightened risk to the safety of participants or bystanders.
  3. To counter the risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization if the agency determines that credible intelligence indicates a risk.
  4. To prevent the loss of life or property in natural or man-made disasters and to facilitate operation planning, rescue, and recovery operations.
  5. To conduct a threat assessment in anticipation of a specific event.
  6. To collect information from a public area if there is reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
  7. To collect information for crash reconstruction purposes after a serious or deadly collision occurring on a public road.
  8. Over a public area for officer training or public relations purposes.
  9. For purposes unrelated to law enforcement at the request of a government entity, provided the request is in writing and specifies the reason for the request and a proposed period of use.

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1. What is a Drone?
2. How does a UAS work?
3. What kind of training do the pilots receive?
4. What are the specs of your UAS?
5. Do other enforcement agencies operate UAS?
6. How do you intend to use your UAS?
7. When can you use a UAS without a search warrant?
8. How much do they cost?
9. What restrictions are in place to protect citizen’s civil liberties and privacy concerns?
10. Can you legally fly over my property?
11. Does the UAS carry weapons?
12. Can the UAS be hacked with the controls taken over by someone else?
13. Can the Blaine Police Department be hired by a resident or business to fly the systems for commercial use?
14. Can citizens buy their own UAS and fly them?
15. Will my privacy be impacted?