Drones / Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
The Oregon City Police Department recently added Drones/Unmanned Aerial Systems, (UAS), to aid in criminal investigations and search and rescue missions.
Per Oregon City Police Department (OCPD) Policy 603.2: A UAS may be utilized to enhance the department's mission of protecting lives and property when other means and resources are not available or are less effective. Any use of a UAS will be in strict accordance with constitutional, privacy rights, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
Drone Pilot Training
All OCPD operators have completed the required FAA and department training and will adhere to department policies and applicable state and federal laws regarding the use of the UAS.
The UAS shall only be operated by the Police Department under the following circumstances:
- When there is probable cause to believe that a person has committed a crime, is committing a crime, or is about to commit a crime, and exigent circumstances exist that make it unreasonable to obtain a warrant authorizing the use.
- As part of search and rescue activities, as defined in ORS 404.200.
- When assisting an individual in an emergency if there is a reasonable belief that there is an imminent threat to the life and safety of the individual.
- A report shall be prepared to document the factual basis for the belief.
- Within 48 hours of the emergency, a sworn statement shall be filed with the circuit court describing the nature of the emergency and the need for the use of the UAS.
The UAS shall not be used under the following circumstances:
- To conduct random surveillance activities
- To target a person based solely on actual or perceived characteristics such as race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, economic status, age, cultural group, or disability.
- To harass, intimidate, or discriminate against any individual or group.
UAS Flight Information
OCPD UAS Pilots create UAS flight reports for each UAS deployment. All flight reports are reviewed, then made available for viewing. See the supporting documents section below to review UAS flight report summaries. View UAS Flight Deployments from 2021 to the present.
|Incident Date||Flight Time||Deployment Summary|
|9/20/2023||12:50am-1:30am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a report of a vehicle driver who fled a traffic stop on foot and had probable cause for their arrest. The area was searched while a K-9 attempted a track but was not successful in locating the suspect.|
|9/19/2023||10:30pm-11:15pm||UAS deployed as an assist to Tualatin and Lake Oswego PD based on the report of an assault. OCPD UAS searched in conjunction with Beaverton PD's UAS but were not successful in locating the assault suspect.|
|9/18/2023||11:11pm-11:22pm||UAS deployed based on a report of a robbery that occurred at the 7-Eleven Store on Washington Street in Oregon City. The robbery suspect fled the scene on foot. UAS and a K9 Ground Unit worked together to track the suspect but were not successful.|
|9/13/2023||12:00am-4:30am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a vehicle pursuit where the driver fled on foot into a greenspace. With the use of the UAS IR camera, the drone pilot briefly located a subject in a large green space, but had to replace batteries, and eventually lost sight of the subject. A K9 ground team searched the last point the subject was seen by UAS, but was unable to locate the subject.|
|9/7/2023||4:01pm-4:26pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a reported suicide threat call in Damascus. OCPD's UAS located the subject and directed deputies to the location to render aid.|
|9/5/2023||12:00am-2:00am||UAS deployed as an assist to OSP and CCSO as they searched for a subject who fled a traffic stop and had a warrant out of the US Marshal's Service. The subject was located using the drone and taken into custody without incident.|
|8/6/2023||8:30pm-12:30am||UAS deployed as an assist to OCPD, CCSO SWAT, and other local authorities to provide over watch as SWAT breached the front door of the residence and as the suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody.|
|8/4/2023||12:03am-12:10am||Milwaukie Police was investigating a burglary in progress and OCPD's UAS was used to search the area for a possible suspect. No suspect was located.|
|7/26/2023||1:20am-1:35am||UAS deployed as an assist to Portland Police and CCSO based on a report of a suspect eluding PPB who crashed into a motorist, then fled the scene on foot. The UAS was flown in conjunction with a K9 ground team and PPB's UAS. The OCPD UAS Pilot located the suspect hiding in bushes and was able to guide the K9 team to where the suspect was hiding, resulting in a successful capture.|
|7/25/2023||2:30am-3:00am||UAS deployed as an assist to Clackamas Fire based on a report of a wildfire or reckless burning on a vacant property. It was reported the fire was spreading into trees, and was not easily accessible on foot. The UAS was used to assist fire personnel with locating the fire, monitoring it's progress and to locate any individuals who might be in harms way. Fire personnel were able to extinguish the fire before it go out of control.|
|7/23/2023||5:21 am-6:21am &
|UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO with attempting to locate a suspect in the area of SE Linwood/SE King Ave. The suspect was first located in a vehicle, then fled from the vehicle on foot. The UAS searched while a K9 Team conducted a track for the suspect. The suspect was not located during this flight. The second UAS assist took place at 8:30am as a follow up to the earlier flight. After a short 5 minute flight the suspect was located by a K9 team on the ground.|
|7/19/2023||9:55pm-10:35pm||Pursuant to a valid search warrant the OCPD's UAS was used to conduct surveillance.|
|7/19/2023||4:50am-5:50am||Portland Police pursued a vehicle into Milwaukie, which was later picked up by Milwaukie Police and CCSO. The driver fled the vehicle and was a subject with a warrant out of the U.S. Marshall's Office Service. The subject had been seen fleeing through yards and despite the use of a K9 Team and UAS, the subject was not located.|
|7/13/2023||3:30am-3:40am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a call regarding an elderly dementia patient who had walked away from their known location. The person had been missing for an unknown period of time and required the assistance of a walker. Within 5 minutes of flight time, the UAS operator located the missing person and successfully guided the CCSO Deputy to their location for further evaluation.|
|7/13/2023||1:00am-1:33am||UAS deployed as an assist to Oregon State Police (OSP) based on an active hit/run traffic crash investigation. After 32 minutes of flight and determining there was no property damage, OSP notified the UAS operator who landed the drone and cleared the scene.|
|6/1/2023||12:38pm-12:44pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a call regarding a domestic with a weapon and possible shots fired. After searching the area around the location of the call, one subject was located and it was discovered that no shots were fired.|
|5/29-/2023-5/30/2023||12:30am-1:00am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a vehicle pursuit where the suspect’s vehicle crashed as the driver fled on foot. There was probable cause to arrest the driver for felony elude. The UAS searched the area with the infrared camera function. During the flight a CCSO K-9 Team located the suspect in a heavily wooded area and took them into custody.|
|5/29/2023||10:30pm-11:00pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a report of a possible trespasser. There was probable cause to believe the subject was on the property and believed to possibly be armed. The UAS searched the property and the surrounding area and did not locate the suspect.|
|5/21/2023||1:47am-2:08am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO to provide over watch for units responding to a suicidal subject who had fired a handgun inside a residence. The subject was taken into custody without incident.|
|5/12/2023||6:17pm-6:41pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO to help search for a subject wanted in connection with multiple charges and outstanding warrants for their arrest. The UAS search was not successful in locating the subject.|
|5/6/2023||7:51pm-10:15pm||UAS was requested to assist in a search and rescue mission based on the report a child was reported to be missing. UAS searched the area with no success. The child was found the next day by ground search teams.|
|5/1/2023||3:00am-3:30am||UAS deployed based on a report of multiple subjects roaming a neighborhood, breaking into cars. One car window had been smashed and the reporting party saw suspects leaving the area on foot. The UAS searched the neighborhood for ~30 minutes but was not able to located suspects.|
|4/27/2023||2:00pm-8:00pm||UAS was requested to assist CCSO with an organized retail theft operation at Burlington Coat Factory. UAS used to assist ground units only if there was probable cause to believe a crime had been committed. No pictures or video were taken.|
|4/21/2023||10:03am-10:15am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a reported burglary in progress. After a UAS search the suspect(s) were not located.|
|4/18/2023||2:36am-3:26am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO following a vehicle accident where the driver fled on foot. After containment was established the OCPD UAS was deployed, providing an extensive search. The subject was not located.|
|4/12/2023||1:58am-2:12am||UAS deployed based on a dispatched call to a silent alarm at the OCSLA school. The UAS was launched and provided over watch for ground units while they established a perimeter around the location. Ground Officers contacted the subjects inside the school and took them into custody for Trespass.|
|4/11/2023||11:35pm-11:50pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO in an attempt to locate a fleeing subject following a traffic stop. A K-9 Team was also deployed, but the subject was not located and no evidence was collected.|
|4/7/2023||8:22pm-9:10pm||UAS deployed following a vehicle pursuit and accident. The driver was immediately taken into custody and the two passengers were later located by the UAS hiding in heavy brush.|
|3/29/2023||11:12pm-11:40pm||UAS deployed in conjunction with K9 teams in an attempt to locate a suspect involved in an armed robbery.|
|3/25/2023||9:59pm-10:30pm||UAS deployed as an assist to Portland Police following a pursuit involving a homicide suspect.|
|3/24/2023||9:39pm-9:45pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO following a vehicle pursuit where the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was captured by responding officers before the UAS could locate them.|
|3/18/2023||7:15pm-7:29pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO in an attempt to locate a suspect who was reported to be involved in a domestic incident. After a short flight, CCSO discontinued their investigation.|
|3/17/2023||9:03pm-9:36pm||UAS deployed as an assist to West Linn PD in an attempt to locate a burglary suspect.|
|3/16/2023||10:49pm-12:11pm||UAS deployed as an assist to Milwaukie PD following a reported shooting. The suspect was reported on scene, in a vehicle. UAS successfully located the suspect who was taken into custody by Milwaukie PD and CCSO.|
|2/20/2023-2/21/2023||12:17pm-1:15am||UAS deployed in conjunction with multiple agencies in an attempt to locate a suspect involved in a vehicle pursuit.|
|2/16/2023||11:49pm-12:57pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO and used to search for a suspect who had eluded police and crashed in Wilsonville.|
|Incident Date||Flight Time||Deployment Summary|
|12/18/2022||9:15 pm - 9:55 pm||UAS requested by multiple agencies after a subject fled on foot following a vehicle pursuit. Responding officers set up a perimeter and attempted to locate the subject with the assistance of the UAS and K9; the suspect was not located.|
|12/18/2022||8:03 pm - 8:38 pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO to aid in the arrest of a subject wanted on felony charges. UAS was used to search the property and provide over watch to responding deputies; the suspect was not located.|
|11/19/2022||9:38 pm - 10:03 pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a report of a suspicious person knocking on doors, claiming to be carjacked. CCSO deputies soon located a suspicious vehicle, later determined to be stolen. CCSO requested the UAS searched the area for the subject. After a search of several roads and adjacent properties, the subject was not located.|
|11/13/2022||5:09 pm - 6:13 pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO to locate suspects involved in a Criminal Trespass and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle investigation. UAS was used to search for two suspects who fled from a stolen vehicle into a wooded area. The suspects were located by UAS and taken into custody.|
|12:53am-1:15am||UAS deployed as an assist to Gladstone Police based on the report of a disturbance where gunshots were fired. UAS was used as an over watch on the suspect's apartment, who eventually surrendered to CCSO deputies.|
|10/2/2022||7:45pm-8:00pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO and Portland Police based on a report of someone chasing a vehicle
believed to have a possible kidnapping victim inside the vehicle. As the UAS was launched OCPD received information that the suspect was in a neighborhood close by. After a short time, the subject was located behind a residence off SE Clackamas Road. CCSO Deputy directed ground units to where the suspect was located and taken into custody.
|9/30/2022||10:26pm-10:50pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO Deputies and Wilsonville Police Department Officers based on a call involving a suicidal subject located outside their residence armed with a handgun. The UAS was used to keep over-watch of the property while deputies evacuated the family who was located inside the residence. Once the scene was safe, the UAS landed, and officers cleared the call.|
|9/22/2022||10:20pm-10:25pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO in an effort to locate a suicidal subject attempting to break into a residence. The suspect was located and detained by CCSO before the UAS could maneuver into position.|
|7/27/2022||10:16 pm-10:40 pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO in an effort to locate a shooting suspect. The UAS was used to search the area where the suspect was last seen and to provide over watch for K9 teams on the ground.|
|7/26/2022||7:40 pm-10:53 pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO in response to a subject menacing others with a gun inside a residence. The UAS later searched the exterior of the residence and surrounding property and to provide over watch for responding officers as others inside the residence were evacuated.|
|7/16/2022||7:55 pm-8:05 pm||OCPD UAS was called to the area of S. Scone Rd, Canby, as part of CRAFT (Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Technicians) deployment to document a crash scene.|
|7/14/2022||12:11am-12:30 am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO at the MAX Orange Line platform, SE Park Ave, Milwaukie, in response to a subject with a gun. UAS was deployed to attempt to locate the subject from a safe distance; Ultimately the subject was located by deputies on the ground.|
|7/13/2022||3:26 pm-3:38 pm||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO based on a report of a missing child who possibly climbed a fence and was in a green space/creek area near S. Sandalwood Rd, Oregon City. Following a short search, the child was successfully located by units on the ground.|
|6/22/2022-6/23/2022||12:29 am-1:34 am||UAS deployed as an assist to Milwaukie PD based on a burglary in progress in the area of SE 37th Ave, Milwaukie. Upon initial launch, OCPD UAS Operator was informed one of at least two known subjects had been spotted by a perimeter officer and had self-surrendered. OCPD UAS Operator continued to search for the second subject but was not successful.|
|6/18/2022||1:20 am-3:18 am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO in response to a vehicle crash in the area of SE Railroad and SE Wood Ave, Milwaukie. Before OCPD arrived to the scene, CCSO's drone team was already deployed and had located a human-sized heat signature. CCSO maintained continuous watch of the heat signature while OCPD UAS operator provided wider scene over watch. SWAT arrived to the scene, approached the subject and confirmed the subject was deceased.|
|6/8/2022-6/9/2022||12:48 pm-2:26 am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO to locate a subject who was discharging firearms throughout a neighborhood in the area of SE Tyler Rd, Happy Valley, OR. The subject was located prior to OCPD's UAS pilot's arrival, and surrendered to SWAT units on scene.|
|6/3/2022-6/4/2022||11:45pm-1:30 am||UAS deployed in the area of Pleasant St, Sandy, OR, based on a UAS request from Sandy Police Department. OCPD's drone was deployed in conjunction with CCSO's drone in an attempt to locate a suspect who fled a vehicle pursuit on foot into a heavily wooded area. After nearly 2 hours of flight, the suspect was arrested approximately one-half mile away from the containment location.|
|5/26/2022-5/27/2022||12:53am-1:01am||UAS deployed in the area of Center Street/4th Avenue in an attempt to locate a juvenile runaway. Once the UAS was airborne the juvenile was located by family|
|5/17/2022- 5/18/2022||11:50pm-1:15am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO Deputies involved in an Attempt to Elude (felony) with a stolen vehicle. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into the neighborhood. UAS was used in an attempt to locate the suspect but was unsuccessful. The suspect was later located hiding under a deck; in a position not visible from the air.|
|5/5/2022||4:30pm-5:00pm||UAS deployed in the area of 124 Molalla Avenue in an attempt to locate an armed suspect and over watch for a K9 track. No suspect was located.|
|5/2/2022||1:30am-1:50am||UAS deployed in the area of SE Wagoneer Loop, in Sandy, based on a report of a downed airplane with emergency beacon flashing. After approximately 15 minutes flight time, determined the flashing was emitting from the middle of an existing tower, or other source.|
|3/30/2022||11:45pm-12:15am||UAS deployed in the area of S. Redland Rd, as requested by CCSO based on the report of a burglary in progress. After searching the area, no subjects were located.|
|3/26/2022||4:35am-5:05am||UAS deployed in the area of 169th Ave/Sunnyside Road in Happy Valley, as an assist to CCSO, in an attempt to locate a 76-year-old male subject with dementia. OCPD located a heat source using infrared thermal imaging, and guided CCSO Deputies to the subject.|
|3/24/2022||3:15am-3:45am||UAS deployed in the area of 82nd Drive/Hwy 212 in Clackamas, as an assist to CCSO, in an attempt to locate a subject who fled from a stolen vehicle. The subject was located via infrared thermal imaging. OCPD maintained visual on the subject and guided CCSO to the subject who was eventually taken into custody and transported to Clackamas County Jail.|
|3/22/2022||9:00pm-9:45pm||UAS deployed in the area surrounding Willamette Falls Hospital in an attempt to locate subject. The subject was not located.|
|3/15/2022||12:30am-1:05am||UAS deployed as an assist to CCSO with a stolen vehicle that had eluded and rammed a CCSO patrol vehicle. Occupants fled the scene on foot to a nature park off Harmony Road. OCPD Patrol located a subject hiding in the green space and guided a K9 Team to the location. The subject was transported to Clackamas County Jail. No other subjects were located.|
|3/14/2022||10:20pm-10:45pm||UAS deployed as an assist to West Linn Police based on a report there was a belief there may be a person lost or in distress near a pond/wooded area off of 5th Avenue in West Linn. UAS surveilled the area and was unable to locate any people.|
|UAS deployed to the 500 block of B Street in Oregon City in concert with OCPD K9 Search for a wanted subject with a felony warrant. UAS surveilled the area, successfully located the subject, and took him into custody.|
|2/20/2022||12:55am-1:30am||UAS deployed as an assist to Gladstone Police in response to an eluded traffic stop. The suspect vehicle was located near Glen Echo/Portland Avenue in Gladstone. The suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. This flight was not recorded, and the suspect was not located.|
|2/5/2022||12:55am-1:30am||UAS deployed to Benchmade Knives in reference to a subject who called in claiming to have placed several explosive devices at the location. A exterior search of the building/property was conducted with no devices located.|
|1/23/2022||7:00pm-7:15pm||UAS deployed at the Edgewater at Cove Apartments by request of a welfare check. UAS was deployed to the 3rd floor of the apartment complex, and the subject was located.|
|Date||Deployment Time||Deployment Summary|
|11/9/2021||8:08pm-8:40pm||UAS deployed in the area of Gilman Drive and Trillium Park Drive in an attempt to locate a female subject with felony warrants out of Washington County. The subject was not located.|
|11/1/2021||1:30am-2:45am||UAS deployed at Canemah Children's Park following a vehicle crash that occurred at the park. The suspect vehicle was successfully located, but no suspect(s) were found.|
|9/28/2021||2:00pm-5:00pm||UAS deployed in the area of Molalla Forest Road and Dickey Prairie Road, Molalla, in an attempt to assist Marion County Sheriff's Office locate a wanted subject.|
|9/6/2021||1:45am-2:15am||UAS deployed in response to a report of a trespass/burglary in progress. The suspect was observed fleeing the building and was quickly located a short distance away.|
|8/22/2021||12:00am-1:00am||UAS deployed as requested by Tigard Police Department in an attempt to locate a known subject potentially hiding in a green space. Total flight time was approximately 1 hour in concert with a K-9 search team. The subject was not located.|
|8/9/2021-8/10/2021||11:59pm-12:10am||UAS deployed in the area of Short Ave/Melinda Street, Oregon City, during an active vehicle pursuit. The driver fled on foot into the neighborhood and the vehicle was identified as stolen. The suspect was located by a K9/Ground Team and was transported to Clackamas County Jail.|
|8/8/2021||12:22am-12:38am||UAS deployed in the area of South Needy Road and Schneider Road, Canby, following a CCSO attempt to perform a vehicle stop. The vehicle fled a short distance, before the driver ran on foot. UAS successfully located the subject with infrared; OCPD K9 team was guided to where the subject was hiding. Subject was taken into custody.|
|8/7/2021||2:20am-2:40am||UAS deployed in the area of South Spangler Road, Oregon City, to assist CCSO Deputies with a Burglary in Progress at vacant address. Subjects were located, contacted, and detained. Further investigation established subjects on scene were working for an auction/clean up company. No arrests were made.|
|7/30/2021||11:00pm-11:30pm||UAS deployed in the area of South End Road, Oregon City, based on report of suspect trespassing and prowling around vehicles. Subject was not located