Workshop | enforcement with drones: four insights

Workshop | enforcement with drones: four insights

The “Enforcement with Drones” workshop was specifically designed to introduce special investigating officers to the possibilities that drones have to offer. A drone can be a useful addition to a municipality’s enforcement operations. In order to utilize a drone in a public area, it is important to know what it is capable of, but also what laws and regulations come into play. We can now look back on the first successful workshop!

In recent years, the development of drones has really taken flight. Regulations are constantly changing and the number of unauthorized drone flights is growing. These developments raise questions among administrators, policy makers and executive bodies. New issues related to privacy, nuisance and safety are emerging. BOAtrainer, Drone Flight Academy and Space53 combined their strengths to organize an “Enforcement with Drones” workshop on 24 June at Space53 at Technology Base. Fifteen officers learned about the ins and outs of drone applications and the laws and regulations pertaining to the use of drones. What role can special investigating officers play in this context? How can a drone contribute to the enforcement efforts of a municipality, a water authority, an environmental service or a safety region? Here are four insights regarding the (im)possibilities of using drones.

Current applications with drones

Overview footage taken from great heights. Crystal-clear footage recorded with state-of-the-art cameras. Drones equipped with infrared cameras. These are just two examples of the many possible applications of drones. This development creates new opportunities for municipalities, but it also leads to new challenges. Here are some concrete examples:

  • Façade and roof inspections and inspections of infrastructure: where are the weak spots?
  • Use during calamities such as a fire. The infrared camera provides insight into fires and can help locate victims.
  • Monitoring events: where are people gathering?
  • Inspecting trees
  • Monitoring the flow of traffic

Future applications for drones

Let’s look toward the future for a moment. In recent years, all sorts of drone innovation projects have been launched. What new applications can we expect in the foreseeable future? How about an AED drone: a flying defibrillator that can reach a victim much faster than an ambulance? How about drones that can transport packages or even passengers? The first steps have already been taken. The development of autonomous security drones is also proceeding rapidly. In the future, will we monitor natural reserves and business parks using drones that can detect suspicious situations remotely and swoop in autonomously to take a closer look?

During this workshop, you will learn more about the specific possibilities of drones for municipalities.

European legislation

The development of the drone sector depends on regulations. These days, flying a drone is subject to all kinds of rules. The new European legislation EUR 2019/947 outlines the rules for unmanned aircraft. This legislation is based around the risk profile of the flight. The greater the risk it poses, the stricter the requirements are that the drone pilot has to meet. These are European regulations. EU member states are free to impose additional requirements if they want. Simply put, there are three categories: the low-risk open category, the medium-risk specific category and the high-risk certified category. Drone Flight Academy offers training programs for each of these categories. During the workshop, you get a taste of what it is like to be a drone pilot, because we end the day with your first flying lesson!


Drones also create risks, such as the violation of people’s privacy or dangerous situation in the air. Enforcement regarding the use of drones is a complex situation. It is important to note that a municipality has no authority over its own airspace. That means they cannot issue municipal exemptions regarding the use of drones. Such special (project) exemptions can only be issued to drone operators by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), which is part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. What does this mean for the role of special investigating officers and police officers working within municipal limits? We will tell you all you need to know during the “Enforcement with Drones” workshop.


BOATrainer | Drone Flight Academy | Space53



Source: Whitepaper – Drones binnen de gemeente | VNG Realisatie


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