Captain Ben Worcester is a division commander for the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is a full service law enforcement agency protecting 277 square miles with a population of approximately 145,000. Stafford County is located in northern Virginia approximately 45 miles south of Washington D.C.
Captain Worcester began his service to the country and community in 1998. As a United States Marine he learned the fundamentals of leadership and tactical planning. The experience as a member of the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team would later play a role in the successful deployments of Unmanned Aircraft Systems on law enforcement, and search and rescue missions.
Captain Worcester founded, and leads a successful 12-member Unmanned Aircraft System Team for the Sheriff’s Office. He has implemented the training and UAS policy, as well as, obtained the Certificate of Authorization from the FAA for the agency. Captain Worcester is a 14 CFR Part 107 pilot, and a level 1 thermographer for UAS. Members of the team have obtained their Part 107 licenses and Captain Worcester continues to train the team to overcome all of the challenges associated with this technology.
Captain Worcester presents regularly to law enforcement agencies on the topic of Unmanned Aircraft System implementation and as a result, many neighboring jurisdictions have modeled their programs after the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office program. Captain Worcester continues to stay informed on the ever-changing technology and regulations by participating in national focus groups, IACP events, training events, and constant collaboration with professionals across the nation.