The Elizabeth Police Department in New Jersey receives five new DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drones as part of the recently launched DJI U.S. Disaster Relief Program. These new DJI drones will be flown around the city of Elizabeth with an automated message from the Mayor telling you to STOP gathering, disperse and go home in an effort to halt the spreading Coronavirus.
Elizabeth Police Department
Today on Facebook, the Elizabeth Police Department shared the following message:
During the Mayors daily COVID-19 Updates, he mentioned the Elizabeth Police Department implementing drones around the City of Elizabeth to help combat people not following social distancing.
We have been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) since 2018, however, the new models are equipped with voice capabilities. We were able to secure 5 DJI Mavic 2 UAV, on loan through DJI’s Pubic Safety Disaster Relief Program – thank you to Wayne Baker, the DJI Director of Public Safety Integration.
These drones will be around the City with an automated message from the Mayor telling you to STOP gathering, disperse and go home.
Summonses HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE to be issued to those found in violation.
Fines are up to $1000.
You have been advised.
The fines were raised this week by New York Governor Cuomo in an effort to persuade people to socially distance themselves. Based on the footage, the drones seem to be DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drones without the thermal cameras that have proven to be so valuable in search and rescue missions.
Also, these drones are official police drones, unlike this drone that flew around New York City last weekend.
What do you think about DJI giving away DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drones to first responders and local law enforcement to help in stopping the rapidly spreading Coronavirus? Do you think this is a good idea or are you afraid that the U.S. is slowly turning into a police state with all these high-tech surveillance tools? Let us know in the comments below.