Earlier this month, we reported on New York State’s drone implementation plans for the year, which consist of allocating 18 unmanned aerial vehicles to law enforcement across the state by April. In a fairly impressive timeframe, New York has gone from Governor Cuomo (D-NY) being eager to foster “the most advanced drone testing in the country” last October, to an agreement of issuing 18 UAVs to state authorities earlier this month, to the drones actually being allocated and used by law enforcement. Hats off.
According to Times Herald-Record, New York State police intend to use this new tool to monitor traffic, search for missing persons, as well capture footage of a crime scene without the need for the more expensive, traditional helicopter counterpart.
According to Captain Scott Reichel, these drones had already proven their mettle upstate, in New York State’s Troop D group of