Antioch Police Search Building Interior with Drone - Law Enforcement"},"lengthSeconds":"546","ownerPMay 31, 2021
paul rossi here
drones 910 and sergeant rick smith with the
policedepartment sergeant smith is going to give us a playback of how his department used a
droneto support cleanup of the indoor environment after a robbery at a local business sergeant smith alright, we received an alarm call at a local gas station, convenience store, officers on scene arrived and discovered that one of the windows had been broken and there was glass and debris around. This opening was too small and too dangerous for us to put a canine in because we can't get the handler in through the window as well and the actual key holder was out for about an hour to be able to get to the scene and let us in, so that the decision was made to use one of our equipped Mavic Airs. with the fox fury d3060 lights that allow it to fly very well in dark and dim spaces, so when using the air the intention was to enter and clear to make sure that there were no suspects or people hiding inside, this being a security problem of the officers because the worst we can do.
What I want to find is to send my guys to a guy that weighs and possibly hurts my officers or some type of confrontation, so it was easier to send the drone to get by and he went ahead and cleared the entire
buildingor the um. part of the front of the store and then we hit an obstacle as this continues, there is bulletproof glass around the front counter, you can see the opening below, there is no way for this drone to fit through the opening, but it looked around and was able to identify. about an 18 to 24 inch opening at the top of the glass that allowed it to fly up and over, so he placed it as close to the ceiling as possible and proceeded to the back room and cashier area of the business where they are stored most safes. as you can see he is crossing the border from time to time he flies and continues to a back room where the safe and storage room are and he was able to clear that out so this continued and allowed us to give us valuable information when the owner arrived. there we knew that no one was visibly hiding from us that we didn't know that they could have been confined in another space but he continued to fly through the business we were also receiving live video feed through our video system uh our system that we use with data over the air and it would allow us to see what he saw at the same time and also by doing this it allowed me to release units that were on the perimeter once we noticed the
buildingwas empty of a suspect and allowed them to handle other calls We are a medium sized city and in the cemetery, you know, we have possibly nine units, sometimes ten units available for call with two supervisors, corporal and a sergeant, so our resources are sometimes spread out and this was binding.
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Up to four to five units, half of our force that was working that night, so the speed of this was able to improve, instead of having to wait about an hour, hour and a half to get a key, we were able to get access. To do this with the drone right now, it goes into the back room and creates some kind of hazard and there are things to think about: you need to pan to see if there's anything low, lots of them, lots of times. You will have signage streamers or other things hanging from the ceiling that can interfere with accessories and most importantly, make sure you have accessory guards on your drone because you may run into obstacles and you don't want to have to go for them. a drone rescue instead of using this tool to be able to verify the business, so at the same time the pilot must be methodical in the way he flies and check the area in 360, check its perimeter and try not to get into a position. in which the drone will not be able to be recovered or taken out again under its own power, but if you reach a point where you find a locked door but you have cleared 99 of the rest of the business, you can park this drone or perch . in one place and keep your eyes on that door so that when officers come in they have the ability to make sure that door is secure and if someone just tried to flee through that door, they can identify it or see it, some considerations are This is not something What you can't do with the cold stick, as we call it, is a mission that you must practice.
This is also where training comes in if you haven't done an indoor flight in a month and are trying to do it firsthand. You're probably going to make a fool of yourself because you're not going to be as good as you should be. This is something you should practice every week. I myself will drop the
policecar windows and fly out my car windows and go into a 360 or fly through certain rooms of the police department in my free time. Sometimes my wife yells at me, but I'll fly around the house just to get my skills and make sure I can do it. that purchase and then start practicing posing and being able to address emergencies that may arise.
I'll purposely blow mine up to the limits of the battery to create some sort of anxiety level to wake up knowing I have to go out. No matter how good you are, that level of anxiety is going to be created and some of the best training techniques and skills come when you have anxiety, when you have that panic, you know, fight or flight syndrome kicks in, yeah, you are. you don't fight, yes you are not running, but at the same time you are in a state of panic because you are flying a drone, everyone is looking at you, you are the pilot and they are waiting for you to make a mistake, you want to be the best in your game every time and the only way you can be the best at your game is by practicing flying flight train train you know, as I always refer to it and in the past I have burned batteries, it doesn't take anything to charge a battery, if you lose a life , you will never get that life back and this is something that can actually save a life by doing it, as you see as you fly around this business, there are so many hiding places here that an officer can be ambushed and as we often call in technical terms fatal funnels there are so many fatal funnels in this building just by narrowing things down it's amazing we're going to continue to fly around here um some things to think about and try to close this out and think about yourself for your training programs is to create a scenario that's almost unorthodox and fly that scenario. , so that when you get into this, the easy scenarios are easy, you've already flown the difficult ones and at the same time, it also gives you the confidence to do it.
What you are seeing being done here, some pilots do not have that ability and that opportunity to do this internal flight. We do it regularly and the reason behind him being so solid and doing this flight is because we train extensively indoors. I fly in different scenarios, from vehicles to residences to businesses, even in fields where there are obstructions from trees and branches and things that nature makes you start thinking outside the box again about what to look for, so I can't even reaffirm the more you have to train if you don't train with these things it's muscle memory it's almost as good as your firearm you can't just pick up the gun and hit the target every time if you don't train you're not going to If you can get that out of the holster, no you will be able to reach that goal and, especially when the schedule of everything hits the fan, you will panic.
The same here you will panic if you don't train what your mission is to do this part of your train regularly as you can see the pilot is standing next to the window. He feels comfortable moving everyone toward the window because we know the area is clear and, as he can also see, the officers are waiting for him to arrive. make that mistake so the pressure goes up and you can firm up again train train train that's my motto with my team that's how we conduct business thank you sergeant smith for sharing that information with us about this inland flight situation your officers responded to you I made a great point, uh, training, training, training whenever you're operating in new environments, training is key, so thank you very much, Sergeant Smith.
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