City of Monroe Drone Program

Officer Lether deploying drone

 The City of Monroe established its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program and began using drone technology in 2020. In preparation for the establishment of this program, policy regulations were drafted about how and when the device will be used. All pilots are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed drone operators. Any use of a UAS will be in strict accordance with constitutional and privacy rights and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

Approved Use

While using drones the City of Monroe will maintain its priorities on safety, transparency, and privacy.

Drone technology can only be used for specific operations including:
  • Situational awareness: assessing damage in hazardous conditions.
  • Search and rescue: assist with missing persons investigations.
  • Tactical deployment: help provide awareness to support officers/equipment being sent into emergency situations.
  • Crime scene investigation: document, measure, locate, and assist in investigation of a crime scene.
  • Traffic collision investigation: document, measure, locate, and assist in collision investigations.
  • Search warrant: collect evidence of a crime under an approved judicial search warrant.
  • Promotional videos.
  • City infrastructure maintenance.
  • Building maintenance and inspections.
  • Parks inspections.
Drone Picture

Drone Usage Reports

The city will post the Unmanned Aerial System Reports here, which show how the device was used.

2023 Reports (PDF)

2022 Reports (PDF)