Ask the Edmonds Cop: What’s new with drone regulations?


Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley answers your public safety questions. This week: everything you need to know about updated drone regulations.


  1. It seems to me that the role of drones in law enforcement will increase with time and it would be helpful to have a drone unit, similar to a K-9 unit, for the purpose of developing that capability.

  2. Imagine how many lives and injuries could have been saved if the Las Vegas police used a drone squirting mace against the machine gun perpetrator of the Oct 1, 2017 attack. Just sayin’…

    • I’m pretty sure the machine gun would have easily destroyed the drone before it ever got close. Although it might have distracted the shooter for a second or two out of the nine minutes of continuous firing.

      • Doesn’t that depend on how the window is approached? It doesn’t have to come directly at the shooter. It could drop down from above the window. Lots of possibilities.


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