Baltimore Police Drone Use: A Call for Feedback

The Baltimore Department (BPD) is opening its doors to community input on a proposed policy to employ police drone technology for crime scene management and tactical operations. In an announcement made Wednesday, BPD outlined their plan to leverage drones in their Crime Scene Unit. This tech will allow investigators to acquire aerial shots of crime scenes to support both their investigations and court proceedings.

Beyond the forensic applications, drones are slated for use in tactical situations, offering a safer means of surveillance and suspect apprehension.

“Scenarios where a drone could be used include hostage rescues, police shootings, active shooters, arsons, high-risk raids, barricaded persons, and homicides,” the department said.

However, not just anyone can operate these drones. Each drone pilot must complete a preparatory course and pass a test from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Furthermore, all flights must adhere to FAA rules and BPD's own operational policies.

The move toward in law enforcement hasn't been free of criticism, with privacy and civil liberty advocates raising concerns about potential intrusions. BPD encourages the public to voice their views on the proposed policy.

The draft policy will be available for public comment from July 6 until August 6, 2023.


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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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