Police Drones

Development of force ‘drone capability’ approved South Yorkshire Police has secured funding approval to develop its drone capability.   The small unmanned aircraft project, led by the Airport Policing Group at Doncaster, started with the acquisition of two drones last year, specifically to provide flexible coverage of Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the event of an incident.   Funding has now been approved […]

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HOUSTON – The forecast was dire as Houston faced record rainfall and flooding with Hurricane Harvey bearing down. Officer Larry Boggus with the Memorial Villages Police Department was preparing for catastrophe. “I knew I was going to be locked in at the department for several days, and so I brought my drone to work,” he […]

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LONDON (Reuters) – A drone attack that crippled London’s Gatwick Airport for three days may have been carried out by a disgruntled current or former airport employee, British police believe, according to The Times. Britain’s second-busiest airport, Gatwick was forced to close its runway before Christmas when drones flew near the site south of London. […]

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LONDON: Britain will impose a 5 kilometre drone exclusion zone around its runways as the government responds to illegal incursions that closed London Gatwick airport for 36 hours in December, disrupting travel for more than 120,000 people. The measures, taking effect March 13, extend the current 1-kilometer no-fly zone for unmanned and model aircraft, the […]

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Jackson County Officer Jesse Hutchinson rescues a person from floodwater Wednesday morning as other first responders work during the incident.Police rescued four people who spent Tuesday night and a good part of Wednesday in floodwaters during an incident in northwestern Jackson County. The four were Kimberly Miller, 39, of Oakland City, Aleigha Tarbutton, 18, of […]

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Image copyright Getty Images The no-fly zone for drones around airports is to be extended following the disruption at Gatwick in December, the government says. From 13 March it will be illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, rather than the current 0.6-mile (1km) exclusion zone. The government also said it […]

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In partial response to an event at the University of Florida…Police drones may soon be used for monitoring traffic, taking photos of crime scenes and crowd control. The proposed legislation cleared a House committee Wednesday. Drones can currently only be used by law enforcement to search for missing persons, chase suspects and prevent imminent damage […]

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Good idea, y/n? (Kletr/Shutterstock) Out of an abundance of concern over the possibility of aerial terrorism, the NYPD would like permission to remove drones from municipal airspace however they see fit. According to the Wall Street Journal, that could mean shooting them on-sight; it could also mean deploying devices that would disable the drones, but […]

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As drones soar in popularity, a Jacksonville lawmaker wants to expand their use for law enforcement. On Tuesday, the House State Affairs Committee will take up a bill (HB 75), filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville that would expand the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies can use aerial drones. We’ve all […]

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A bill designed to allow law enforcement to use remotely piloted aircraft as a “tool in the toolbox” passed its second House committee (House State Affairs) Tuesday afternoon. HB 75 allows law enforcement to use drones to survey traffic accidents, to collect evidence at a crime scene, and to assist in crowd control. Bill sponsor state Rep. Clay Yarborough, a Jacksonville Republican […]

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