The New York City Police Department this week unveiled a fleet of 14 drones it says will help with a variety of uses, from hostage situations to search and rescue operations. But privacy advocates have concerns.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan says drones will allow police to do their job more effectively and that the technology will only be deployed in “specific instances,” like the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. New York is the largest city in the U.S. so far to turn to drones for police use, but not the first.
“It’s definitely not going to be used for routine patrol. It’s definitely not going to be used for traffic. It is never — and I say never, ever — going to be weaponized, so you’re never going to hear of tear gas or anything else being