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Unmanned Aircraft Systems


The mission of the Oswego County Drone Program is it to provide drone support for law enforcement, fire departments & search and rescue operations in a safe, responsible, and transparent manner to preserve the peace, reduce response times, and increase the quality of life in Oswego County.


Small, remotely operated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also commonly referred to as drones, are an efficient and effective way of providing law enforcement critical information to respond to calls for service and emergency situations and to conduct criminal investigations. Some examples include providing an overhead view of an area or incident for ground personnel, safely clearing the interior of buildings, providing detailed documentation of crime and accident scenes, and searching for lost or missing persons.

Drones As First Responder Operations

DFR programs are a revolutionary means by which the deployment of drones enhances response to emergency situations and adds an element of safety for public safety agencies and the community. DFR programs aim to decrease response times, provide situational awareness and increase efficiency. 

Policy & Regulation

Oswego County UAS CONOPS Policy

Oswego County Public Agency FAA FR-BVLOS COA

Useful Links

Public UAS Request Event Form

Drone Use at NYS Parks Drone Use on NYS DEC Managed Land

NYS Park Drone Permit

Fort Ontario Drone Permit

Fort Ontario State Historic Site

1 E. 4th St.

Oswego, NY 13126

315-343-4711, M-F 8:30am to 4:00pm

Additional Information can be found on the FAA Web Page or the FAA UAS Ready Reference Guide
How would I report a drone operator potentially violating the FAA rules or regulations?

UAS Public Dashboard

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Oswego County Branch Office Building
2rd Floor
200 N. Second St., 
Fulton, NY 13069

Office Hours
By Appointment

Phone: 315-532-8900
Fax: 315-591-9176

UAS Coordinator
John McGraw