New York Police to Use Drones (UAVs) in Search and Rescue Operations

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/6th December 2018, Ashley May, USA Today/ New York City Police Department just added a fleet of drones to its force. Fourteen drones will be used by licensed NYPD officers in the Technical Assistance Response Unit for everything from search and rescue operations to monitoring traffic and pedestrians at large events, the department announced Tuesday.

Other uses include crime scene documentation, HAZMAT incidents, hostage situations and "other emergency situations" with proper approval.

"Drone technology will give our cops and their incident commanders an opportunity to see what they are getting into before they go into harm's way," Chief of Department Terence Monahan said at a press conference. "Frankly, for this reason alone, it would be negligent for us not to utilize this technology."

Eleven of the drones are small quadcopters that will be used for tactical operations. Two are larger, weather resistant quadcopters with a zoom camera and thermal imaging capabilities. Another quadcopter will be used for training and testing purposes. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said the drones will help the largest municipal police department in the nation be more "effective, efficient, and safe." The NYPD said the drones will not be used for traffic enforcement or routine patrol. The drones also will never be used as a weapon or be equipped with a weapon.

Original and full article text may read here: New York police deploy drone fleet for search operations, 'other emergency situations'

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