Upland police officers seized two drones; what they plan to do with them

UPLAND In a barricaded situation with an armed suspect, Upland police would set up a perimeter, try to determine where to deploy officers and send an helicopter to provide surveillance.

But with an unmanned aircraft system, i.e. a drone, officers could have “eyes” over the scene within minutes.

Or, in the case of a very complex traffic accident, the department could deploy a drone to capture the scene and bolster the officer’s investigation.

These are some of the reasons the Upland Police Department is exploring the idea of an unmanned aircraft system program, Chief Brian Johnson told a subcommittee on public safety Monday afternoon.