A new drone program has launched from the NYPD (New York Police Department). Its 1st launch since it finished a self-governing aerial vehicle program in 2011. The department has indicated that it will use its collection of 14 drones in order to search and rescue missions, crime scene documentation, hazmat incidents, large events like concerts and hostage situations. Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement that NYPD is the largest municipal police department in the United States. The NYPD should always be willing to jump on the benefits of new and always-improving technology.
The new Unmanned Aircraft System program is a part of this evolution. It would enable department’s highly-trained cops to be even more responsive to the people we serve. The new system will carry out the NYPD’s critical work in ways that are more effective, efficient and safe for everyone. The NYPD currently has three types of drones. There’s DJI Inspire 1 (it will be used for training and testing), DJI M210 RTK drones and 11 DJI Mavic Pros for tactical operations.
.@NYPDChiefofDept announcing that the #NYPD is taking another important step in public safety – the utilization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems or drones. This cutting edge technology joins a long list of tools at the NYPD’s disposal during emergency situations. pic.twitter.com/L3wHl6HpPE
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 4, 2018
The NYPD said that it will not utilize them for unacceptable uses include routine patrol, traffic enforcement, immobilizing vehicles or suspects, being used as or equipped with a weapon and searches without warrants. The department also said that the only officers allowed to use the drones are members of the Technical Assistance Response Unit who have been trained on the devices. A number of police forces across the United States and abroad have started using drones. The NYC firefighters deployed a drone for the first time during a fire response last year.