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Public Safety Summit to Unite Police, Fire, and Emergency Services Drone Operators at Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019

BY Isabella Lee
13 August 2019

Drones are changing the way public safety agencies protect their communities. From providing new perspectives of crime scenes to locating missing persons, drones are helping law enforcement, emergency service, and other public servants do their jobs with more efficiency than ever before.

DRONERESPONDERS, a non-profit organization that supports drone use in public safety, is hosting a two-day summit for public safety professionals. The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit will offer a robust discussion forum to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing first responders operating drones.


Event Details

The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit will take place at the 2019 Commercial UAV Expo Americas from October 28-30 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.


DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit is open only to public safety professionals (law enforcement, fire, emergency services, etc.) Registration is available here. On the Registration Selection page, select DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit.


  • Early-Bird – $349 – on or before Sep 15
  • Regular – $395 – after Sep 15

Pass Includes:

  • Full Day Public Safety/Law Enforcement Workshop – Tuesday, October 29
    Content mix includes shared use cases and best practices from industry experts, interactive Q & A, breakout discussion groups and workshops for Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Response and Search and Rescue professionals
  • Public Safety Thought Leader Summit – Wednesday, October 30

Pass holders may also access the following at no additional charge:

  • Product Previews – Monday afternoon, October 28
  • Welcome Happy Hour on Exhibit Floor – Monday evening, October 28
  • CSI Demo by Sundance Media Group – Timing and location TBD
  • Lunch Voucher – Wednesday, October 30
  • Networking Breaks- Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30

Additional activities are available for an add-on fee. Full information is available at

Specialized Knowledge for Public Safety Professionals Desiring to Integrate UAS into their Operations

The Summit will combine traditional panel presentations with a full-day Public Safety/Law Enforcement Workshop for officials to address key issues facing drone operators and UAS program leaders across the public safety sector.

In addition to traditional panel presentations, this year’s new summit event will allow first responders to interact with one another unlike ever before to help solve common issues all agencies are facing with UAS.

— Chief Charles Werner (ret.), Director of DRONERESPONERS.

Werner says the traditional one-size-fits-all format for public safety UAS conference programing is no longer sustainable as departments and their drone operators seek more specialized operational knowledge. He claims DRONERESPONDERS is uniquely positioned as a non-profit program to provide unbiased expertise, research, and assistance to help deliver UAS information that first responders need. For example, public safety professionals need to understand the difference between a COA and a Part 107 Certification and be knowledgeable on the process for obtaining an emergency waiver.

“We have representatives from over 500 agencies and counting who have joined the DRONERESPONDERS program because they need more precise information,” says Werner. “We are looking forward to bringing these members to Las Vegas for what will surely be a very memorable event.”

“We are delighted to expand our program offerings to the public safety sector by partnering with DRONERESPONDERS,” said Lisa Murray, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of Commercial UAV Expo Americas. “Attendees will have the opportunity to attend live demonstrations, see forensic applications, learn from the leaders during two full days of programming, and network with each other.”

Having the Summit paired with the Commercial UAV Expo Americas will give public safety professionals and opportunity to check out the largest commercial drone exhibit floor in the industry displaying best-in-class solutions from airframes to software, sensors, drones as a service and more. The combined events make it a one-stop show loaded with everything public safety professionals need to get started or advance their drone programs.

Purchase your pass here, and let us know on our community forum if you plan to attend.

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