Drones for Law & Public Safety Course

Drones for Law and Public Safety (DLPS)

The DLPS course is the intermediate course for a drone pathway. DLPS is also used as an advanced course in many other LPS Pathways.

This course prepares students for certifications to operate drones in the law and public safety environment. First students will complete the necessary training to be prepared to pass the FAA 107 Pilot test. Students will then train in remote sensing and photogrammetry. Students will learn how to prepare and plan  for law and public safety operations. A significant portion of the course time will be dedicated to developing flight skills and performing maneuvers necessary for such operations. Using the National Institute of Standards and Technology national standard performance test for unmanned aerial vehicles, students will train for real world applications.

Instructional Plans


LAPSEN Unit Plans

LAPSEN has a complete course (120-150 hours) of unit lesson plans available to members – Click Here to access.

Other Lesson Plan Sources

CTE Online – The great state of California has an insane amount of resources and lessons. Be sure to search with different key words. You do have to have an account – but they give them to all teachers: Click Here

Texas CTE Lesson Plans – They have some materials for law and public safety: Click Here

Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) for the Drones Pathway

This course is designed to adequately prepare students for all three IRCs.

FAA Part 107

FAA Part 107 test is only offered at FAA-authorized testing centers. Cost of the test – $175. Click Here to learn more. 

Implementation options:

  • Plan on 60 hours in the DLPS course to review content and prepare students to test with plenty of flight time – this is what we recommend. 
  • Have students complete the FAA Part 107 independently
  • Enroll students in an online preparation course

The FAA Part 107 is basic licensing for commercial drone use.

Instructors do not need any special training for this section, however it is recommended teachers complete FAA Part 107 certification. 

NFPA 2400 Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations (2019 edition) 

This part of the certification process begins to focus on public safety skills sets. This part requires 25-30 hours of class time including skills practice and evaluation. To read more on NFPA 2400 Click Here. 

Student Certification 

  • The NFPA certification test covers part of the requirement.
  • Cost – $25 or $20 for LAPSEN members.
  • Cut Score – 70
  • To order tests Click Here
  • Teachers will sign off on student skill achievements to complete the certification. 

For more specific information on instructor training: Click Here

ESRI Drone2Map

This part of the certification process begins to focus on integrating drone data into 2D and 3D mapping applications. This part requires 25 hours of class time. To read more on ESRI Drone2Map Click Here. 

Student Certification 

  • Passing the Drone2Map test results in certification.
  • Cost – $25 or $20 for LAPSEN members.
  • Cut Score is 70
  • To order test Click Here
  • Teachers will sign off on student skill achievements to complete the certification. 

For more specific information on instructor training: Click Here

National Drones for Law and Public Safety Course Standards

Click Here to open the DLPS standards document.

Section 1: Foundations of Protection Officer

Standard 1: Describe concepts and theories of asset protection and security.

Standard 2: Describe the security officer of the 21st century.

Standard 3: Describe the legal aspects of security.

Standard 4: Explain effective communications.

Section 2: Roles & Responsibilities of the Protection Officer

Standard 1: Describe the roles of a protection officer. 

Standard 2: Define security awareness

Standard 3: Describe a sustainable culture of security

Standard 4: Explain role in critical information infrastructure protection 

Standard 5: Describe fire prevention, detection and response in the context of a protection officers responsibility  

Standard 6: Describe an all hazards approach. 

Section 3: Patrol Principles
Standard 1: Describe how patrol is conducted in protective services. 
Standard 2: Explain protection officer safety and use of force 
Standard 3: Describe how protection officers lawfully apprehend and detain offenders.  
Standard 4: Identify crime scene and incident scene procedures. 
Standard 5: Describe concepts and practices of security professionals.
Standard 6: Explain the basics of report writing.
Section 4: Concerns in the Workplace

Standard 1: Explain how health and hazard assessments are completed 

Standard 2: Describe how sites can mitigate shooter and assailant threats

Standard 3: Describe crisis intervention 

Standard 4: Evaluate how mental health, including substance abuse, impact the workplace 

Standard 5: Describe workplace crime and deviance 

Section 5: Concepts of Physical Security

Standard 1: Describe access control 

Standard 2: Identify types of contraband detection 

Standard 3: Describe how drones are used in security and protective services

Standard 4: Discuss physical security concepts 

Standard 5: Describe the fundamentals of alarm systems 

Section 6: Risk Management

Standard 1: Explain risk 

Standard 2: Describe the risk management process.

Standard 3: Describe the potential impact of emergencies on people and organizations.  

Section 7: Crowd Management & Event Planning

Standard 1: Describe common traffic control strategies 

Standard 2: Explain how special events are planned

Standard 3: Identify potential issues with labor and management 

Standard 4: Describe handling VIPs

Section 8: Terrorism

Standard 1:  Describe surveillance

Standard 2: Explain how espionage threatens non-government entities 

Standard 3: Explain terrorism 

Standard 4:  Explain how responses to threats that can result in evacuation are processed 

Standard 5: Explain cybersecurity 

Section 9: Ethics & Leadership

Standard 1:  Explain professional security officer ethics 

Standard 2: Describe how networking is an important part of protection officers jobs

Standard 3: Describe how protection officers serve as leaders

Section 10: Career Readiness

Standard 1: Describe best practices for protection offices with time and stress management 

Standard 2: Explain proper methods to deal with critical incident stress

Standard 3: Identify how to respond to medical situations commonly occuring in public environments

Standard 4: Identify training and certifications protection officers can attain to advance their career

Standard 5: Create a career plan for a career as a protection officer