In a story that broke late on Thursday of last week, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced they had adopted a code of conduct for drone use. Coming on the heels of a similar move by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in July, both efforts acknowledged they were trying to get ahead of the situation and limit the amount of legislative intervention such as the law being considered in Virginia. Expanded information, including the code of conduct can be found using the links below:
Police Chiefs Adopt Privacy Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Government Security News, August 17, 2012)
Comment: On its website, the IACP offers the following about the organization:
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 20,000 members in over 100 different countries. IACP's leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes.Consequently, it's encouraging to see an organization with this size and scope taking the initiative on this hot potato issue. That's a job: "Well done".