National Council on Public Safety UAS


The interest in UAS by public safety has dramatically escalated since the rule changes by the FAA which made it easier to train and certify Remote Pilots. However, even with flight training, there is little experience or guidance with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Additionally, the UAS technology and payloads are evolving so quickly that public safety is challenged to keep up. While there are pockets of work in the area of UAS by public safety, they remain in silos and unknown to others. FAA Rule-Making is another area where public safety has not had significant influence as there has been no collective public safety voice regarding UAS issues.

The National Council on Public Safety UAS was organized to advance public safety use of UAS through awareness, education, training, collaboration, best practices, FAA Rule-making, defining public safety requirements and general engagement. Separately, and equally as important, is to stay abreast of threats from nefarious uses of UAS and help facilitate the information and implementation of effective counter measures.

Download the Charter

Our current charter is still in draft, but the latest version can be downloaded here.

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Executive Committee

Charles L. Werner, National Information Sharing Consortium
Vice-Chair – Law Enforcement
Don Shinnamon, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Vice-Chair – Fire/EMS
Chris Sadler, York County Fire & EMS
Vice-Chair – Search and Rescue
David Kovar, National Association of Search and Rescue
Vice-Chair – Academia
David Merrick, Florida State University Emergency Management

Organizational Representatives


The following links are a collection of Public Safety UAS resources for news and information.

Contact NCPSU

Questions or comments regarding the NCPSU can be directed to:
Charles Werner,