Blue Line

Virtual Event
Blue Line Virtual Symposium & Product Showcase
July 23, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

UAVs & Policing: An update for 2020

Colin Giles & Andy Olesen, Element 3 Robotics, Canadian Emergency Responders Robotics Association (CERRA)

Andy Olesen and Colin Giles of Element 3 Robotics, both with years of experience in the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) emergency services industry, will lead you through an update on the latest in two new UAV technologies for law enforcement. They will also touch on standardized training in this department and integrating these kinds of skills into your law enforcement environment.

Andy Olesen
Andy Olesen has more than 30 years of service in emergency response and more than 10 years of experience as an RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) operator in the emergency services. He was one of the first operators in North America to be federally licensed to operate RPAS systems in urban areas. During that time, he conducted RPAS operations in many critical incidents including, homicides, large scale fires, missing person searches, emergency management and was one of the lead proponents for the development of standardized RPAS training and operations for law enforcement operations in Canada.

Andy has extensive operational flight experience with many different RPAS systems and has received ‘train the trainer’ certification for the two largest commercial RPAS manufacturers.

Andy also contributes his experience as an RPAS operator to a global disaster response group and, combined with an extensive background in explosives and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response, is involved in researching new ways to deploy RPAS systems to provide safer and more efficient emergency response options.

Colin Giles
Colin Giles has 21 years of law enforcement experience with a major police agency. Over the course of his career his experience has included tactical operations, incident command, search and rescue, K9 operations, public safety and emergency management. Colin has been involved in the RPAS industry since 2013 and played a significant role in the development of his and other agencies RPAS programs on an international level. He has also provided presentations to numerous levels of government and conferences including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Blue Line Expo. Colin is fully invested in assisting the RPAS industry to develop in a safe manner that continues to move the capabilities of the industry forward.