Police and fire departments in the U.S. are buying more drones than ever before.
Last year, at least 167 agencies acquired drones, which is more than double the number of agencies that obtained unmanned aircraft in 2015. More agencies attained drones in 2016 than in the previous three years combined.
This is all according to a new report compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone, a research institute based out of Bard College in New York. The report, authored by Dan Gettinger, counts that, across the country, at least 347 local law enforcement, fire and emergency responder agencies have added flying robots to their arsenals.
Drones are more popular among law enforcement than any other type of public safety agency. Sixty-three percent of the agencies that attained drones are sheriff or police departments, the study found. Fire departments account for 20 percent of