Marin County Sheriff's Office Small Unmaned Aerial Vehicle Program
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is considering adding an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program to its Field Service Bureau to aid in critical missions such as search and rescue missions, public safety and life preservation missions, disaster response and documentation, post-incident crime scene preservation and documentation, explosive ordnance disposal, response to hazardous material spills; training missions, and fire response and prevention.
The use UAVs in public safety situations has saved lives. UAVs can be deployed rapidly, access remote or treacherous terrain where people cannot, and can give rescue and response teams live-saving information quickly without putting personnel in danger.
The power of UAVs was proven recently in Marin County. On July 24, 2018, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was called to assist the San Rafael Police Department (SRPD) in responding to a homicide in Terra Linda when a male caller stated he had just shot his wife and he intended to shoot himself. At the request of the SRPD, MCSO sent an armored rescue vehicle and several deputies to support the incident.
With the San Rafael / Novato Regional SWAT Team preparing to enter the home, SRPD requested the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to provide aerial reconnaissance of the home and property to ensure SWAT could enter the home with as little risk of harm to officers as possible. An FAA certified UAV pilot used a private UAV to capture both overhead and window height footage of the residence prior to the tactical team’s entry. As that entry was being made, the UAV was positioned to provide a visual of the home’s backyard, where officers could not be safely stationed. If asked by SRPD, the video footage captured by the UAV will be turned over to them as evidence in this on-going investigation.
Though MCSO is still about a month away from formalizing a UAV program, this is a supportive example of how the technology can aid in the safety of both civilians and officers alike.
Marin County Sheriff's Office Social Media Program
The goal of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Social Media Program is to be engaged with the community and show the public that we are committed to partnering with you to provide leadership and excellence in public safety.
In general there are three types of messages that we post. These categories are based on the following whether it’s an Alert, Advisory, and/or a Community message.
𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭: messages reserved for critically important information where loss of life and/or property is potentially imminent, are made using the most immediate delivery modes.
Examples: severe weather warning, gas leak, contagious disease outbreak, wildfire, tsunami warning, missing person (ie. Child or Elder Adult)
Where do I get these types of messages? • Reverse 9-1-1, text and email (sign up at AlertMarin.org)
• Where do I learn more about emergency alerts available in Marin? Click Here
𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲: messages that contain important, need to know information. Advisories should be considered less time-critical than Alerts and require a heightened sense of awareness.
Examples: Road closure/detour, school closing, severe weather , public safety activity.
In closing, the Sheriff's Office enjoys the community involvement and accessibility that Nextdoor allows us to have when it comes to community interaction. Please remember that Advisory or Alert messaging will take place on the social media platforms listed above. If you have questions, please let us know.