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Law Enforcement Guidance for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations   [open pdf - 177KB]

"The general public, a wide variety of organizations, including private sector (e.g., commercial companies), non-governmental (e.g., volunteer organizations), and governmental entities (e.g., local agencies) continue to demonstrate significant interest in UAS [Unmanned Aircraft Systems]. The benefits offered by this type of aircraft are substantial and the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] is committed to integrating UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). This introduction, however, must address important safety and security considerations. The increasing number of cases of unauthorized use of UAS is a serious concern for the FAA and, in terms of safety and security challenges, many of its interagency partners. This document is intended to assist LEAs [Law Enforcement Agencies] in understanding the legal framework that serves as the basis for FAA legal enforcement action against UAS operators for unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations (Section 1) and to provide guidance regarding the role of LEAs in deterring, detecting, and investigating unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations (Section 2)."

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