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Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"

 
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Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
WASHINGTON - Look up. Drones are "certainly" coming to the skies over the Beltway in the next few years, one area police chief says.

The use of drones in the D.C. area became public information last week, after the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of agencies currently or previously permitted to use the unmanned aerial vehicles. It included many federal departments, such as Agriculture, Homeland Security and Energy as well as local organizations such as Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.

Soon, the Fairfax County Police Department may be added to that list.

"Drones will certainly have a purpose and a reason to be in this region in the next, coming years," said Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer, while speaking on WTOP's "Ask the Chief" program on Monday. "Just as a standpoint as an alternative for spotting traffic and sending information back to our VDOT Smart Traffic centers, and being able to observe backups."

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Re: Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
Coming... heh... I like that.
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Re: Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
Coming... heh... I like that.
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lol Your comment gave me a good laugh lol
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Re: Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
Coming... heh... I like that.
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lol Your comment gave me a good laugh lol
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They're certainly already here.
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Re: Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
This is a year old but the words still hold true.

Article: But by 2013, the FAA expects to have formulated new rules that would allow police across the country to routinely fly lightweight, unarmed drones up to 400 feet above the ground - high enough for them to be largely invisible eyes in the sky.

Such technology could allow police to record the activities of the public below with high-resolution, infrared and thermal-imaging cameras.

One manufacturer already advertises one of its small systems as ideal for "urban monitoring." The military, often a first user of technologies that migrate to civilian life, is about to deploy a system in Afghanistan that will be able to scan an area the size of a small town. And the most sophisticated robotics use artificial intelligence to seek out and record certain kinds of suspicious activity.

But when drones come to perch in numbers over American communities, they will drive fresh debates about the boundaries of privacy. The sheer power of some of the cameras that can be mounted on them is likely to bring fresh search-and-seizure cases before the courts, and concern about the technology's potential misuse could unsettle the public.

"Drones raise the prospect of much more pervasive surveillance," said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. "We are not against them, absolutely. They can be a valuable tool in certain kinds of operations. But what we don't want to see is their pervasive use to watch over the American people."


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This is a three page article, it says a lot. It is a quick read.
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Re: Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
This is a year old but the words still hold true.

Article: But by 2013, the FAA expects to have formulated new rules that would allow police across the country to routinely fly lightweight, unarmed drones up to 400 feet above the ground - high enough for them to be largely invisible eyes in the sky.

Such technology could allow police to record the activities of the public below with high-resolution, infrared and thermal-imaging cameras.

One manufacturer already advertises one of its small systems as ideal for "urban monitoring." The military, often a first user of technologies that migrate to civilian life, is about to deploy a system in Afghanistan that will be able to scan an area the size of a small town. And the most sophisticated robotics use artificial intelligence to seek out and record certain kinds of suspicious activity.

But when drones come to perch in numbers over American communities, they will drive fresh debates about the boundaries of privacy. The sheer power of some of the cameras that can be mounted on them is likely to bring fresh search-and-seizure cases before the courts, and concern about the technology's potential misuse could unsettle the public.

"Drones raise the prospect of much more pervasive surveillance," said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. "We are not against them, absolutely. They can be a valuable tool in certain kinds of operations. But what we don't want to see is their pervasive use to watch over the American people."


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This is a three page article, it says a lot. It is a quick read.
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There were articles about those x-ray vans driving around New York City. Imagine if that technology was implemented into these drones??
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Re: Police chief in Washington DC says drones "certainly" coming to skies to "spot traffic" & "observe backup"
I live smack dab in the belly of the beast so I'm not surprised at all, they are probably already testing them after dark.

I already keep my eye on the chemtrail sprayers so I'll start watching the lower altitudes for the drones as well.

Remember the movie "Blue Thunder"?