Legislation would expand limited use of drones by police

Aerial view of a parking lot in the Annie Glidden North neighborhood taken by a drone that was loaned to the DeKalb Police Department.
Aerial view of a parking lot in the Annie Glidden North neighborhood taken by a drone that was loaned to the DeKalb Police Department.

DeKALB – DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said drone use by law enforcement is limited to a few categories, such as search and rescue operations and crime scene analysis.

In DeKalb’s case, a drone owned by a concerned resident was used to take photos of public parking areas for Safe Streets Initiative research, as well as to monitor a gunman who had barricaded himself in an apartment in the Annie Glidden North neighborhood. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan, meanwhile, said a drone provided by county Coroner Dennis Miller has been used to investigate a

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