Fairfax Co. delays drones for first responders over privacy concerns

WASHINGTON — Amid concerns about privacy, Fairfax County supervisors Tuesday put off plans to expand the use of drones by police and other first responders in the county.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to defer approval of a drone policy manual and the purchase of six to eight drones that would cost about $3,500 each until there is more chance for public input.

While the broad strokes of the potential use of drones through the police, fire and emergency management departments had been discussed at a committee meeting in January, the full planned policy was only revealed last week shortly before the board was asked to approve it.

“I have subsequently contacted organizations that I thought would have opinions on this. They were not even aware we were going to hear it today,” Supervisor John Foust said Tuesday.

Public Safety Committee Chairman John Cook hopes the county can get more public input this

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