Wichita police are buying a drone, and they want public input on its use

Wichita police will soon have a drone to fly over crash scenes, SWAT standoffs and Riverfest. But could it also fly over your backyard?

That’s what members of the Citizen Review Board asked when police proposed a drone policy at last week’s meeting.

Capt. Doug Nolte said police are already purchasing one drone for the department.

“Before we actually deploy it or ever use it, we want to have a policy in place so people are aware of the fact that we have it, what we are going to use it for, what they can expect, and I think if you listen to what (board members) were mentioning today, there are definitely concerns about privacy,” Nolte said.

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