Anyone who’s lived in L.A. knows that helicopters—particularly, ones manned by the LAPD—are a staple of the city’s skies. Now, a small fleet of drones will be permanently added to the department’s surveillance arsenal, raising concerns from civil liberties advocates.
The permanent addition of drones was approved unanimously by a five-member civilian police commission on Tuesday, reports the L.A. Times.
There are limits. Drones can only be used by the LAPD in specific situations, like active shooters, barricaded suspects, and search warrants. Nor will they have weapons or facial recognition capability.
The LAPD already uses drones on their SWAT team and their bomb squad to help neutralize explosives and