Quadruped Robots for Law Enforcement Applications


Published May 2024

This technology brief explores the adoption and use of quadruped robots (i.e., robodogs) by law enforcement. The goal of this brief is to orient and educate law enforcement practitioners and other stakeholders about robodogs and demonstrate how they have been employed by law enforcement. This report provides an overview of quadruped robot technology, discusses community concerns, illustrates use cases by law enforcement and adjacent industries, and identifies technical, operational, and societal considerations for adoption and implementation. Agencies that have used robodogs have noted their usefulness in supporting search and rescue operations, assisting in high-risk situations, and accessing hazardous areas.

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