sUAS for Public Safety Personnel

SAP151 – 32.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence at (800) 423-8433 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Officer flying drone next to vehicle According to the Center for the Study of the Drone, it is estimated that the number of public safety agencies with drones has increased by approximately 82% from 2017 to 2018. There are now more than twice as many agencies that own drones as there are agencies that own manned aircrafts in the United States.

Public safety personnel are often required to put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect citizens. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) can provide public safety personnel with detailed information so that response teams can make informed decisions. Through the use of drone technology and remote imaging, an individual can assess a situation and plan a response while mitigating any safety concerns for officers and bystanders. This hands-on training provides public safety personnel with critical information and real world skill proficiencies to create safe and proficient remote pilots. With an enhanced focus on field training, individuals will easily transition to more advanced systems and situations.

This course provides the participant with actual sUAS flight time utilizing a training quadcopter. This course is also designed to prepare operators to successfully pass the remote pilot knowledge test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification. Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.

This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements for TEEX sUAS for Public Safety Personnel course #78053.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Participant Must Provide

  • A photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.
  • Every participant must bring a smart phone (iPhone or Android device) with Tello app. The Tello app can be installed during the course.

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires participants to attend a minimum of 100% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.

In some cases, make-up work will not be available (due to equipment/facility needs and/or safety/teamwork components or activity setup/facilitation/requirements).

Participants in a TCOLE credit eligible course must complete the class in its entirety to receive a TEEX Certificate of Completion and be reported for TCOLE credit.

If you have additional questions, please refer to the TEEX Participant Handbook.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • sUAS Performance and Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Air Space Classification
  • Certificates of Authorization (COA) and Waivers
  • Aviation Weather and Sources
  • Airport Operations
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)
  • Aeronautical and Physiological Decision Making (ADM)
  • DJI Systems and Checklists
  • Field Training
  • Regulations

Suggested Audience

  • Police, firefighters, and emergency management personnel

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • 32.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Contact Information

Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: [email protected]

Payment Info

  • Credit Card – Complete online registration or call (979) 845-6677
  • Purchase Order – Complete registration form and send to [email protected] or fax to (979) 862-2788
  • Check – Complete registration form and mail to: TEEX – ILEPSE, P.O. Box 40006, College Station, TX 77842