Controversy surrounds law enforcement’s use of drones

Controversy surrounds law enforcement's use of drones

Controversy surrounds law enforcement’s use of drones

Although it depends on where individuals complete their law enforcement training and end up working, there is a chance they could serve and protect the public alongside robotic drones. While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, this scenario is already a reality in some parts of the country.

While drones are designed to enhance the work police do on a daily basis, there are those who are not entirely comfortable with these machines patrolling the skies.

Concerns over public safety and privacy
While those who hold law enforcement jobs may see the value in using police drones, many members of the general public are more skeptical. According to Fox News, police agencies have said the drones can be used during search-and-rescue operations, when conducting surveillance of suspects and collecting details on damage in the aftermath of natural disasters.

However, there are lawmakers who do not think people would be too pleased with drones collecting information on their lives without their permission.

“I do not think our citizens would want cameras to fly overhead and collect data on our lives,” Montana Senator Matthew Rosendale recently told a legislative panel, as quoted by the news source.

In Montana, lawmakers from both political parties are joining forces to restrict drone use in their state. Meanwhile, Virginia lawmakers recently approved a two-year moratorium on police and government agencies’ use of these machines.

“The use of drones across the country has become a great threat to our personal privacy,” Niki Zupanic, the policy director for ACLU of Montana, told the news outlet. “The door is wide open for intrusions into our personal private space.”

Fear of drones
If law enforcement chooses to use drones, they also need to realize that many people may actually be afraid of these machines and, as a result, the police as well. Based on the results of a recent Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll, more than a third of Americans have concerns over their privacy as long as police use drones, The Associated Press reported.

Furthermore, 35 percent of respondents said they were “extremely concerned” or “very concerned” that the use of police drones would cause them to lose their privacy. At the same time, almost as many people reported they were “not too concerned” or “not concerned at all.”

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