Finland Looks to Allow Police and Prisons Counter-Drone Rights

YLE reports from Finland on how the government there plans to bring in a legislative change that would authorize police and prison officials to bring down unmanned aerial vehicles or drones in sensitive areas such as prisons and accident scenes.

The government in Finland took serious notice of the issue sometime in March following reports that drones were used to smuggle drugs into prison and that the unmanned vehicles had also been found to have smuggled cigarettes across the Finnish-Russian border. That’s when Finland’s Interior Ministry proposed giving police the right to shoot down drones.

According to Justice Ministry legal counsellor Juho Martikainen, the legal reform would allow law enforcement authorities to use devices to disrupt drones in flight by jamming radio signals to either make the unmanned craft turn to seek a signal or fall to the earth. Martikainen said that

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