Police departments across the country are increasingly looking toward unmanned aerial vehicles as logical, affordable tools to fight crime. According to The Vicksburg Post, the Vicksburg Police Department in Mississippi is no different, as Vicksburg’s Board of Mayor and Alderman accepted a Federal Aviation Administration certificate on Tuesday that allows the Vicksburg PD to fly drones below 400 feet. The department expects to purchase its first drone by the end of the year.
“I think they are absolutely to be commended,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. “Anytime they can get another tool that the city of Vicksburg can use to prevent crime and monitor crime that’s absolutely good news.” While the Mayor does leave out the potential of misuse and the feasible aerial encroachment on civil liberties, the overriding fact seems to be that drones can allow law enforcement to do their jobs better. Police Chief Milton