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Fountain Police announce drone program

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The Fountain Police Department has announced the launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (U.A.V.) program.

According to the Fountain Police, the drone program is based on the principal of public safety, in helping the department protect civilian and emergency responders lives. 

For example Fountain PD says, a drone can give first responders a live aerial view of incidents, while remaining public friendly and accomplishing the department's mission. 

According to a media release, prior to 2016 public safety agencies had to operate a drone with a Certificate of Authorization from the F.A.A. But in August of 2016, the F.A.A. implemented 14 C.F.R. Part 107, which regulates the commercial use of drones.

The regulation requires drone pilots to be certified under Part 107 and pass a qualification program.

The City of Fountain is currently within Class C and Class D airspace which requires coordination with Fort Carson and Colorado Springs air traffic control.

Fountain PD says drones can be a versatile tool in multiple scenarios like search and rescue, missing persons, suspect searches, crime scene processing, aerial views of scenes and more. 

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