Our executive board was forged by law enforcement officers with a passion for bringing drones into the public safety sector for good. They have worked together to create a passion within their community for training, learning and the advancement of UAS technology in policing.
LEDA is expanding rapidly to cover the United States and, in doing so, is expanding their reach by bringing in Regional Directors from different areas of the country. Having regional directors plays a pivotal role in bringing the right training to the right people from within an agency's general area. As LEDA continues to grow, we will continue to appoint new regional directors to the executive board.
Jon Beal is a Sergeant with the Gresham (Oregon) Police Department and the supervisor of their UAS Team. He started his career as a police officer in 2008 with the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2013, he moved his family to the Portland Metro area and joined the Gresham PD. He spent his time as patrol officer, Field Training Officer, then Narcotics Detective, where he discovered a passion for drones. He worked diligently to start a UAS program at GPD since 2017, writing policies, procedures, attending trainings and writing training curriculum. Since his promotion to Sergeant in 2018, Jon continued his work on the program getting FAA waivers and approvals from GPD's command staff and finally created GPD's first UAS team, comprised of 10 pilots and six aircrafts. He continues to develop new methods of training and technology to support the team and its function as well as spending time helping other agencies get their programs up and running. He spends his free time with his family and flying drones in the private sector as a contract pilot.
Kyle Williams is a Sergeant with the Eugene (Oregon) Police Department (EPD) and the supervisor of their Drone Team. Kyle started his career with EPD in 2004. Since then, Kyle has held positions as a patrol officer, school resource officer, crisis negotiator, crowd control team member, background investigator, patrol sergeant and professional standards sergeant (policy, accreditation, and internal affairs). Kyle began the process of creating a UAS team in the fall of 2018, writing policies and procedures for the department. He was also involved in a city-wide team that created policy and procedure for the use of drones in all city departments. The EPD team officially started as a pilot program with two drones and three pilots. The now has nine drones and six pilots. He spends his free time traveling, snow skiing, riding motorcycles, four-wheeling and boating.
Sergeant Tom Pine is a member of the City of Bend (Oregon) Police Department in Bend, Oregon. He has been in public safety since 1992. He is currently assigned to the patrol division. He has worked in the criminal investigations unit, narcotic investigations unit, traffic team and was a 13 year member of the tri-county emergency response team, CERT. In addition to his responsibilities in the patrol division, Sgt. Pine is currently a member of the departments honor guard as well as the UAS team supervisor. Sgt. Pine’s more than 21 years of service to the citizens of the City of Bend are an example of the department’s mission and values - To protect and serve with teamwork, integrity and excellence.
Detective Todd Young has been with the Clark County (Washington) Sheriff’s Office in Washington for 20 years and has been assigned to the Traffic Unit for the last 8 years as a Collision Reconstructionist. In 2016, Todd obtained a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot license and has been utilizing various sUAS platforms for the sheriff's office ever since. Todd's expertise lies in the processing and documenting of crash and crimes scenes and utilizes Pix4D photogrammetry software to process sUAS data collected during scene processing. He has been instrumental in the creation and construction of the CCSO UAS Team and continues to look for innovative ways to use drones in law enforcement.
Sgt. Josh Goldschmidt recently retired after 27 years with the Portland (OR) Police Bureau. Josh spent 24 years as part of the PPB Air Support Unit fixed wing aviation program. Josh served as a Tactical Flight Officer (TFO), Pilot and Lead Instructor before being promoted to Sergeant and taking over as Chief Pilot in 2011. Josh is a FAA Certified Flight Instructor in fixed wing aircraft and holds an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License. During his uniform patrol years, he served as a Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor and spent 5 years as a member of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT).
While working to start a UAS program at PPB, Josh connected with many young, rapidly developing, but often isolated law enforcement UAS programs in the Northwest. In an effort to bring them all together, Josh coordinated the first regional Law Enforcement UAS “Safety Stand Down” in September of 2018. This training continued quarterly and under the guidance of its board members went on to become LEDA. The goal then was the same as now, build a support network for law enforcement UAS programs so those programs and pilots can learn from each other, and be safe and successful in their missions. In his free time Josh loves flying, traveling, photography and videography. Josh has flown his personal UAS in Zimbabwe, Ireland, China and the South Pacific.
Corporal Chris Plewik has been with the Washington County Sheriff's Office since 2011. He obtained his FAA Part 107 remote pilot license in 2018 and served as the team leader of the Remotely Operated Vehicle Team (ROVT) until December of 2020. Under his leadership, ROVT grew to eight pilots and expanded support for the Washington County Major Crimes Team, Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART), patrol operations, SWAT, Search and Rescue (SAR), fire investigations, and other county-wide department functions. Chris is a field training officer (FTO), Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and a Standardized Field Sobriety (SFST) Instructor.
When he's not working, he spends his time traveling with family, flying drones, camping and going to concerts.
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Doug Seirup is a Deputy with the Benton County (Oregon) Sheriff's Office and oversees the law enforcement division's UAS Team. He started his law enforcement career in 2008 in the state of Utah, before moving to Corvallis, Oregon, and joining the BCSO in 2015. Doug is a Field Training Deputy, EVOC instructor, and a member of the Major Crash Team. With a passion for technology and finding ways to incorporate it into law enforcement, Doug helped start the UAS program in Benton County in early 2019. With seven aircraft and three part 107 certified operators, Doug has helped the Benton County Sheriff's Office implement their UAS program into many facets of law enforcement work, including crash and crime scene reconstruction/mapping, assisting patrol with crimes in progress, and providing overwatch aerial support for SWAT missions.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and flying drones recreationally.
William Bush is a Senior Trooper with the Oregon State Police Reconstruction Unit and the Chief Pilot of their UAS Program. William started his career with OSP in 2010. During his tenure he has served as a patrol trooper, an ACTAR accredited Reconstructionist, a Drug Recognition Expert, a CVSA Level 1 Inspector, and Oregon Certified Medico-Legal Death Investigator, and as a team member of the Critical Incident Response Team. William began researching and developing methodology for the use of UAS in forensic applications in 2017.
Since, he has been part of the development of policy and procedures, the creation of the documentation and discovery protocols, and developed and instructed the curriculum for agency pilots.
Brandon Karr is from Pearland, Texas and is currently the Chief Pilot, UAS Program Coordinator, and night shift patrolman for the Pearland Police Department. Brandon started his interest in aviation in 2006 where he earned his Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor licenses for manned fixed wing single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He used his aviation knowledge and experience to start the Pearland Police Department’s UAS program and since has assisted over 250 other agencies start or develop their programs across the nation. He has developed Pearland PD’s UAS program to be integrated into patrol, K9, SWAT, crash reconstruction, and crime scene functions. Brandon is a committee member on two subcommittees for the State of Texas regarding the implementation of sUAS for major disasters or incidents.
Brandon is also President of the Gulf Coast Regional Public Safety UAS Response Task Force. This regional team is comprised of over 85 agencies with over 250
pilots that are tasked with responding to law enforcement, fire/EMS, or OEM purposes in the event of disasters or major incidents. The regional team has responded to multiple incidents across the state, provides a variety of UAS training to the region, and assists Public Safety agencies develop UAS programs.
David Barker has served with the Idaho Falls Police Department since 1992; was certified to serve as a Law Enforcement Officer at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport from 2008 to 2019, and currently serves as the Department’s Logistics Officer and UAS Team Lead. David has been involved with radio control (R/C) model aircraft and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for over 30-years, has served as President of the Red Baron R/C Modelers, a local R/C aviation club, for the past 13-years, and is an instructor for both organizations.
In 2010, given his involvement and insight in the R/C hobby, David began researching UAS technology and the relating regulations, specifically as to how the emerging technology might be used within public safety and made his first presentation about using “drones” to the department administration heads. In 2017 and upon getting the approval of his command staff David began building the department's UAS team from the ground up.
David is a certified instructor for Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), focusing on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), is an FAA certified Remote Pilot with a sUAS rating, serves on the UAS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for Idaho State University, is a contact instructor for FEMA’s UAS in Disaster Management course, as administered by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, is a Technical Expert for DRONERESPONDERS and serves as the Administrator of the Idaho Public Safety UAS Council.