Brianna White

Staff member
Jul 30, 2019
I recently came across an article discussing the increasing use of drones and related systems in public safety and law enforcement across the US and globally. Drones are proving to be valuable assets for police departments, allowing them to perform tasks more efficiently and cost-effectively.

According to the article, police departments in the US, UK, Germany, and South Korea are using drones equipped with cameras and sensors for a range of tasks, including surveillance and investigations. These tasks are performed at "a fraction of the cost per flight hour" compared to conventional methods.

However, the integration of uncrewed technology in policing is not without concerns. There are apprehensions about potential compromises to privacy and civil liberties. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has expressed concern that these programs are proliferating with little oversight or accountability. They caution against sleepwalking into a world of widespread aerial surveillance and advocate for careful consideration and the establishment of guardrails to prevent unchecked expansion of drone surveillance.

As we continue to explore and leverage new technologies in our work, it's crucial to balance the benefits with potential risks and concerns. I encourage everyone to reflect on this topic and consider how we can responsibly integrate such technologies while respecting privacy and civil liberties.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on this matter.

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