Drones could soon dot the skies over Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday gave their approval for the Los Angeles Police Department’s first unmanned aircraft program, eliciting outcry from privacy advocates across the Southland and praise from law enforcement officials.
The Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program (sUAS) spent the past year in testing, with an emphasis on situations where drones can help with de-escalation, and in hazardous material responses. During the test year, incident commanders called for the use of drones six times, but they were deployed only four times. The devices gave officers better views of suspects who were believed to be armed at the time, according to a report from