Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced that his agency will begin to utilize drones in their police work.
He also assured the public that these drones, in California law enforcement, will not be used for general surveillance but instead used to surveil possible arson sites, bomb threats and hostage situations.
The use of drone technology by law enforcement agencies causes concern among many including civil liberties organizations. LA Sheriff Department officials did not use the word ‘drone’ during their announcement but instead praised the possible benefits of the $10,000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
A group of protesters, worrying about police drones being used to conduct unwarranted surveillance on people, spotted outside the conference.
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