Chula Vista police drone program helps lead to arrests

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – The Chula Vista Police Department’s drone program has contributed to 20 arrests since the initiative took effect late last year.

In June 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected San Diego/Chula Vista as one of 10 drone-testing sites in the U.S. that are part of the Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program, or IPP. The program was developed to help the FAA in creating regulations when it comes to low-flying drone use by companies and cities.

The city of Chula Vista approved the use of drones for its police and fire departments in July 2018, and Chula Vista police began dispatching drones in late October.

According to Cape, a Bay Area company working with the police department on data management and drone telepresence, the drone program has launched its drones on more than 282 flights — over 75 hours of total flight time — without any incidents.

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