Special Operations Training Association of the Upper Midwest

Drone Operations for Law Enforcement

Synopsis: This session is geared toward law enforcement agencies interested in learning more about UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) capabilities and operations to include: policy development, budgeting, training, SWAT and Patrol tactics, equipment set-up, and public relations.  This session will cover our experiences and lessons learned from our program since its inception in 2016. The material will include thermal and optical footage from our UAV deployments.

Presented by: Alec Elness and Dan McClure; St Cloud PD SWAT

Alec Elness is an officer with 16 years on the St. Cloud Police Department. He has been on the St. Cloud SWAT team since 2014 filling the roles of negotiator, sniper, and robotics/UAV operator.

Officer Dan McClure has been with the St. Cloud Police Department for 11 1/2 years and is currently assigned to the Community OutPost Unit.  Officer McClure has been a crisis negotiator for 5 years as part of the SWAT Team and is also on the robotics team as well as the UAV Team at the department.

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