Police Drones

Despite months of opposition by community members, the Los Angeles Police Department has been granted approval for a year-long test to use drones—or “small Unmanned Aerial Systems” in police-speak. The mid-October decision by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, a civilian panel that oversees the department, makes the LAPD the nation’s largest police department […]

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By Press Association Published: 13:29 EST, 10 November 2017 | Updated: 13:29 EST, 10 November 2017 e-mail A missing 81-year-old woman was found after Randolph County Sheriff’s office enlisted the help of a drone. Mary Brown, who got lost on a walk, was found in 25 minutes after officers used the device. … read more […]

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An elderly North Carolina resident with dementia went missing earlier this week, only to be found by a police officer with a drone in a matter of minutes. Not all search and rescue missions take place in the mountains. In one of many recent cases of drones coming to the rescue, Officer Adam Krolfifer from the […]

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Seattle city prosecutors charged a 20-year-old Pasco man Wednesday with crashing his drone on the rooftop of the Space Needle last New Year’s Eve. Cole Kelley has been charged with reckless endangerment, having reportedly flown the drone around pyrotechnicians while they set up the traditional fireworks show, according to police reports. Space Needle security were […]

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Drone technology has advanced dramatically in recent years, and its use by police departments has boomed as well. It’s time to talk about how these trends might play out and the threats they could pose to our privacy — and to the police — if the appropriate limits aren’t put in place. A long-overdue debate […]

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Drones are fast becoming an essential tool for more law enforcement agencies, changing how officers carry out everyday tasks and bringing air surveillance to departments with limited budgets. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOLEDO — The armed robbery suspect hiding out in a camper in rural Michigan heard state troopers closing in, so he dashed into […]

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A drone spied a missing elderly woman who suffers from dementia after searchers on foot were defeated by rough terrain, authorities said. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina launched the small, remote-controlled device equipped with a camera and flew it over a 40-acre field near the woman’s home, then over a desiccated cornfield. […]

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An 81-year-old woman with dementia who was reported missing in North Carolina has been located by a sheriff’s drone. Mary Brown, 81, said she became confused after she strolled to a nearby river. Officer Adam Krolfifer of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office used the police-issued drone to locate Brown just 25 minutes after receiving the report. […]

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