Drones are becoming less expensive while the technology behind them continues to develop rapidly. As
such, we are seeing an increase in their use not only recreationally and commercially but also for criminal
Inevitably, this has given rise to serious challenges for the law enforcement community globally. Drones
have become a permanent fixture in the current policing operating environment, and one that can only
grow in scale and impact in the future.
However, many law enforcement officers still lack awareness and understanding of drone technologies.
Drones pose a significant threat to public safety and security if abused. It is therefore crucial that officers
are equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to respond to drone incidents safely and
effectively. Furthermore, drones contain valuable data which need to be extracted and analysed to provide
evidence to support an investigation.
INTERPOL engages with drone experts drawn from law enforcement, the private sector and academia
across the world. This network was the driving force behind the creation of the INTERPOL Framework for
Responding to a Drone Incident – For First Responders and Digital Forensics Practitioners.
This document is designed as a reference tool for law enforcement worldwide and illustrates INTERPOL’s
continuous efforts to promote innovation and enhance best practices among our member countries.
This framework is part of our ongoing commitment to making the world a safer place, and I would like to
thank everyone who contributed to it.
INTERPOL Secretary General