Local police add drone technology to their departments


CHRIS LAWRENCE IS “OUTFRONT.”>>Reporter: A THERMAL CAMERA SO SENSE TEV IT DETECTS THE FOOTPRINTS OF SOMEONE WHO JUST WALKED ACROSS A CARPET. NEW DIGITAL SIMS YSTEMS THAT MA STORE MILLIONS OF HOURS OF REAL TIME VIDEO.>>START TO BUILD UP A WEALTH OF INFORMATION.>>BUT AS AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM, THERE’S A WAVE OF LOCAL CAPABILITY JUST ON THE HORIZON. FROM CAMERAS TO DRONES.>>THERE’S A LOT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND FIREFIGHTING AGENCIES THAT ARE LOOKING TO USE THE TECHNOLOGY.>>WELL OVER 1,000 LOCAL AGENCIES HAVE APPLIED FOR DRONE PERMITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN MIAMI-DADE AND HOUSTON, TEXAS, TO THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.>>WE’RE LOOKING AT A FUTURE WHERE, YOU KNOW, POLICE DEPARTMENTS COULD DEPLOY DOZENS OF EVEN HUNDREDS OF THESE FLYING ROBOTIC VIDEO CAMERAS.>>Reporter: THEY CAN DO CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE ON 25 SQUARE MILE AREAS AND COULD BE SOON MARRIED TO DRONES SO INEXPENSIVE EVEN SMALL TOWNS COULD AFFORD THEM. HOW’S THIS ANY DIFFERENT FROM A POLICE CAR FOLLOWING BEHIND ME OR AN OFFICER STANDING OUTSIDE MY HOUSE?>>THERE’S A POLICE OFFICER WHO CAN SEE YOU. YOU CAN SEE THEM, RIGHT? WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW IS IF THERE’S A CAMERA UP IN THE CLOUDS FOLLOWING YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO.>>Reporter: EVEN THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE TECHNOLOGY SAY THERE HAVE TO BE WAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO HOLD THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE.>>WHICH POLICE OFFICER WAS OPERATING THE SYSTEM? WHERE WAS THE CAMERA POINTED WHEN THE DRONE WAS FLYING? WHAT WAS IT LOOKING AT? WHERE WAS IT LOCATED?>>Reporter: MONEY AND BUDGETS USED TO BE A NATURAL LIMIT TO LOCAL SURVEILLANCE. TOWNS COULD ONLY AFFORD SO MANY COPS AND HELICOPTERS. BUT THAT MAY NOT MATTER AS MUCH WITH THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY. RIGHT NOW THE FAA IS WRITING THE RULES ON WHICH DOMESTIC DRONES CAN FLY AND WHERE. BUT SOME TOWNS ARE ALREADY GETTING A JUMP. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, PASSED THE FIRST ANTI-DRONE LAW EARLIER THIS YEAR,

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