The number of law enforcement agencies in the US using drones in their work has doubled in the past year.A New York University study says most of those drones are being used in small communities of less than 50,000 people.It’s easy to see why.
A helicopter is easily a million dollars and then you’re talking about a helicopter pilot, that’s got several thousand hours flight time.You’re paying them a lot of money to do that.
These tiny flyers can provide an entirely new way to look at, a crime or accident scene.
It can transform the process for investigating a scene, reducing the amount of time that’s spent on scene and opening the road more quickly.
With drones providing a new data set, law enforcers can not only solve crimes but make their communities safer.
Certainly one of the goals of reconstructing traffic crash to understand not just the specifics of that scene but to see where patterns begin to emerge,where we can identify either changes that might be made in the signage or markings for that particular location.
A drone equipped with an infrared camera has even been used to spot a criminal hiding in a lake.His head shows up as a little red dot. But there are concerns that surveillance drones might one day always be watching.
You can keep an entire area surveilled 24/7, so drones give a lot more flexibility than a plane would or a helicopter would.
That’s not really practical right now since aviation authorities require pilots to never lose sign of their drone.
Our policies are pretty restrictive as to when we can, can’t use it but I mean just when you start looking around online,you can really see just how many uses there are for a police department.
A drone’s battery is only good for about an hour and about a third of US states require authorities to get a search warrant before drones can even take off.Still there’s little doubt police will be using more of this valuable and cheap technology in the future.
Kevin Enochs, VOA News.