Public Act 103-0101 was signed by Governor JB Pritzker on June 16, 2023, which allowed police to use drones to monitor parades and special events in addition to other uses for public safety. This law intends to enhance public safety operations in response to the deadly July 4, 2022 attack in Highland Park, Illinois.
From time to time the Moline Police Department will deploy a drone in accordance with State law. When a drone is used at a routed event or special event, notice will be given 24 hours prior to the planned event and signs will be posted at entry points.
Below is a link to the Moline Police Department drone policy, which is required by law to be publicly posted.
To counter a high risk terrorist attack
Pursuant to a search warrant
Attempting to locate a missing person
Engaging in search and rescue
Aiding a person who cannot be safely reached
To obtain crime scene and traffic crash photography
To conduct infrastructure inspections
Demonstration and training
In response to a Public Safety Answering Point dispatched call for service
Use at a routed event or special event
Department Owned Drones
DJI Matrice 30T
Outdoor drone - Capable of flying in extreme conditions.
Thermal, zoom, and range finder capabilities.
Spotlight and speaker attachment
41 min flight time
Primarily indoor drone – small to fit in enclosed spaces