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Use of Drones in Law Enforcement – A Good Idea?

Posted on: September 14th, 2012

By: Sun Choy

USA Today recently reported that the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued advisory guidelines for the use of drones by law enforcement.  While the number of drones in use is relatively low, the IACP anticipates the increased use of drones as costs come down.  Not surprisingly, the guidelines discourage the use of “armed” drones that have the capability of delivering stun-gun projectiles, tear gas, and rubber balls.  The guidelines also recommend that officers obtain a search warrant before using the drones for surveillance.  With such advancements in technology, there will certainly be litigation as the law plays catch-up.

 

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