The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) was recognized on Aug. 16 for its use of unmanned aircraft systems. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) congratulated the IACP for adopting guidelines that follow the organization's code of conduct, which centers around the themes of safety, professionalism and respect.

“We applaud the IACP for putting forward these guidelines as part of law enforcement’s simultaneous commitment to protect communities, as well as the rights of the members of those communities,” said Michael Toscano, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Unmanned aircraft could help law enforcement agencies with missions such as search and rescue or crime scene photography, often at a lower cost than manned aircraft. The more the law enforcement community, privacy advocates, government and other stakeholders work together to address issues such as privacy, the faster we can unlock the incredible potential of unmanned aircraft to help save time, save money and most importantly, save lives.”

The IACP guidelines cover community engagement, system requirements, operational procedures and image retention. The guidelines are meant to ensure smooth operation as an increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles take the air.

According to a Government Technology report: Unmanned aircrafts are trickling into use now, but the floodgates will open in 2015 when the FAA will officially allow operation of commercial drones in U.S. air space. The agency predicts that 15,000 flying robots will be winging their way through the nation’s skies by 2020, and that number will double by 2030.