Newport Beach wants to mount an educational campaign for people who fly drones. The remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft are popular for seeing the city’s coast with a bird’s-eye view. But privacy, noise and safety concerns about the buzzing, hovering devices sent the topic before the City Council this week, starting a discussion on how to control […]

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Drones and other unmanned aircraft are often desired by police agencies that see them as potentially valuable new tools for doing their jobs. But the use of drones by police departments can evoke valid concerns about unwarranted surveillance, police militarization and civil liberties generally. Tasked with protecting and serving the taxpaying public which funds them, […]

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The U.S. Border Patrol is considering a surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings. Agents in Texas recently finished a 30-day trial of the camera-toting, helium-filled balloon made by Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a […]

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SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Border Patrol is considering another type of surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings. Agents in Texas recently finished a 30-day trial of the camera-toting, helium-filled balloon made by […]

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This summer, Iran’s drone program became the latest component of the country’s defense sector to make headlines. In August, an unarmed Iranian drone reportedly came within 100 feet of an American fighter jet in the Persian Gulf. Earlier in the summer, the United States downed two Iranian drones, which it said, were flying in close proximity to […]

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The Police Foundation, based in Washington D.C., published in November 2016 “Community Policing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust.” The manual is prefaced by a letter from Ronald Davis, director of Community Oriented Policing Services with the U.S. Department of Justice, who advises that community concerns, privacy and civil rights issues […]

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Casper police officer Tanner Rockwell, left, and Sgt. Lyle Berg launch the department’s new drone during a demonstration Wednesday afternoon at Lake McKenzie in Casper. Trained pilots will use the drone to photograph crime scenes and aid in search and rescue operations. … read more at: http://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/casper-police-say-new-drone-will-help-during-searches-and/article_d06ecc76-32c0-590e-ab4a-cc2b03f7f95d.html

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