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Game of Drones : Exploring the development of unmanned aerial vehicles in public safety organisations

Vente, P.J. de (2017) Game of Drones : Exploring the development of unmanned aerial vehicles in public safety organisations.

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Abstract:The innovation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or: drones) entails many opportunities and uncertainties. It is important for public safety organisations to learn how to work with drones in their own law enforcement operations. This study has made a contribution to understanding which elements are influencing the learning process and how state actors can incentivise or (unintentionally) discourage the process of further UAV innovation. Specifically, the following research question has been addressed: how could actors improve the learning process of working with drones in a public safety domain? This study has proposed three different scenarios in which governmental intervention is directed at project actors. State actors can (1) opt not to intervene; (2) conclude that the projects have failed and strictly monitor the projects; or (3) encourage the project actors to pursue their interest in formulating performance requirements for future safety operations (e.g. by providing additional funds or by creating general legal exemptions for additional experimentation). Drones are here to stay- the question to be asked is whether improved dynamic interactions between state actors, police and fire department can ensure drones will be handled productively and legitimately.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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