WHERE: Burlington Police Department, 45 Center St, Burlington, MA 01803
” With our three pilots we would be able to immediately respond and deploy the Skydio 2 for any growing need the community would have in relationship to Covid-19 and any other emergencies that arises. The Burlington Police Department sUAS (small unmanned aircraft systems) response will support other elements of the agency, and other agencies under mutual aid, by providing a safe and efficient aerial observation of public safety incidents. Our Department is attached to a regional team the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC.) This team has responded to major incidents including the Boston Marathon Bombing, and patrols the Boston Marathon route every year. ” Said Officer Costa of the Burlington Mass. Police Department. ”
In May of 2020 The Burlington Mass. Police Department was selected by Skydio, a leading provider of autonomous drones for public agencies and commercial enterprises, and the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program (NPS-DDP) to receive a free Skydio 2 drone with Pro Kit (https://www.skydio.com/collections/all) to support the department’s emergency response and personnel safety during this ongoing COVID-19 Crisis. The Skydio solution will be provided at no cost to the Burlington Mass. Police Department
as part of the Skydio’s Emergency Response Program (ERP), an initiative launched by the Skydio to to support public safety agencies nationwide in their daily operations during this ongoing COVID-19 Crisis. The advanced autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance capabilities of the Skydio drones will enable PD and Fire Department to more securely and efficiently perform search and rescue gain situational awareness during tactical operations, safely evaluate hazardous materials, crime scene documentation, and media/public relations. The Skydio drones are not equipped with speakers or other payloads and, in accordance with Skydio’s ERP program, are not intended to be used for routine surveillance or to enforce social distancing. Skydio partnered with the NPS-DDP to facilitate this program for a select few agencies. Skydio has provided free drones to more than 2 dozen agencies nationwide since the program began in April.