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Posted on: July 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] New, Innovative Way to Fight Crime


The Odessa Police Department has teamed up with Paladin Drones, a company leading the way in drone technology. This new partnership will be a year-long pilot program and will be the largest public safety Drone as a First Responder (DFR) program in the United States. 

OPD and Paladin undertook the difficult process of receiving authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The department has a goal of setting the standard for technology in law enforcement. We constantly search for innovative ways to fight crime in our community and efficiently utilize our resources. Our partnership with Paladin Drones checks every box on our mission to ensure we maintain a Safe, Peaceful, and Productive community.

The drones will be piloted by trained Odessa Police and Odessa Fire Rescue personnel to gather key information prior to first responders arrival. Our agency has seen time and time again, that time matters in a response to an emergency incident.  Paladins Knighthawk Drones will arrive on scene prior to first responders and stream video directly to those personnel who need it the most. Ultimately this new technology, will ensure that both the Odessa Police Department and Odessa Fire Rescue are efficiently and effectively responding to our community’s needs. 

We are extremely excited that Odessa Fire Rescue Chief John Alvarez and his department has partnered with our agency to also be involved in this unique project. The drones will allow firefighters to identify hotspots on fires, and gather information for incident prior to arriving on scene. This allows OFR Leaders to best allocate resources and gain actionable insight in order to be as efficient as possible in their response. 

With everything we do, we always try to weigh the needs of public safety with the privacy of our citizens. Rest assured we have put into place policies, procedures, and best practices in compliance with State and Federal laws to safeguard our citizens rights. 

Have questions you want answered about this?  Drop those questions in the comments and we'll post a video answering them in the near future.

If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, we’re doing some extremely exciting things at OPD. You don’t have to be an Officer to serve our community either. To check out our open positions and see how you can take part in exciting initiatives like our Drone Unit, visit our website


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