SUAS-5000 Incident Evidence Collection and Preservation for Law Enforcement

Quick Facts


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course Length
4 days

Course Dates & Locations
TBD / Spring 2020
Minimum of 4 students required for on-site training

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This course presents sUAS academics and flight training for advanced law enforcement users. The academic focus is on professional aviation standards and best practices including safety management systems (SMS), development and use of standard operating procedures and checklists, crew resource management (CRM), human factors, aviation weather, day/night flight operations, regulatory compliance and documentation, and post-flight data processing. The flight portion builds from basic and advanced flight maneuvers emphasizing safe and effective operations to unique flight and data collection missions. Each mission increases in complexity and culminates in multiple, post-incident data collection and processing missions utilizing various sUAS platforms and processing software.

Who Should Attend

  • Law Enforcement organizations and/or personnel
  • Emergency Services organizations and/or personnel
  • Individuals wishing to learn more about evidence collection and preservation on an organizational level
  • Operators are required to already possess an FAA CFR Part 107 certificate

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic and advanced flight maneuvers
  • Execute critical elements of flight safety and crew resource management
  • Identify the major components of a standard operating procedure
  • Develop experience employing standard operating procedures and checklists
  • Demonstrate effective mission planning
  • Implement effective use of visual observers 
  • Examine the unique requirements of night operations
  • Demonstrate automated route planning and execution
  • Demonstrate legal and regulatory compliant flight operations
  • Gain proficiency and currency in multiple multi-rotor and fixed wing sUAS
  • Create post-flight data products

About the Instructors

Dr. Scott Burgess
Associate Professor of College of Aeronautics, Worldwide Campus

Dr. Scott Burgess' 35 years of aviation experience includes military, civil, and academic aviation organizations. Passionate about aviation education and training, Burgess is a certified flight instructor and remote pilot instructor, and professor in Aeronautical Science with Embry-Riddle for 19 years.

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Dr. Joseph S. Cerreta
Assistant Professor of College of Aeronautics, Worldwide Campus

Dr. Joseph Cerreta has 23 years of UAS experience as an instructor, manager, and director with UAS programs for the Department of Defense, Public Safety, and Academia. He developed a UAS emergency management response capability with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, which resulted in the National Weather Service’s use of UAS live-stream data specifically for tornado damage assessment for the first time in NWS history.

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David Thirtyacre
Assistant Professor of College of Aeronautics, Worldwide Campus

David Thirtyacre has been an instructor with Embry-Riddle Worldwide for ten years and is the chair of the Department of Flight. He currently instructs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Aerodynamics, Aircraft Performance, Unmanned Systems, Airborne Robotics, and Aviation and Aerospace Simulation Systems.

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Contact Us

Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900

Additional Information

  • Academic and Flight Operation are conducted in-person.
  • Transportation to/from the classroom location is the responsibility of the student.
  • Minimum of 4 students required for on-site training