NYPD to deploy drone fleet
The skies above New York City will be covered by a fleet of drones piloted by police officers.
The New York City Police Department announced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program on Tuesday. Licensed NYPD officers of the Technical Assistance Response Unit will operate them.
Police officials said they will be used in search-and-rescue missions, to survey inaccessible crime scenes, a hostage situation, and even hazardous material incidents. The department claims that the drones will not be used for “routine patrols” and will not be equipped with weapons.