NYPD’s Drones as First Responders Initiative Is Game-Changer

Drones to Respond to 911 Calls in NYC

The NYPD is set to deploy drones across five precincts to aid officers in responding to 911 calls. This initiative aims to enhance response times and reach areas that officers cannot access quickly.

The NYPD's fleet of 85 drones will be expanded under the new “Drones as ” initiative. The drones will be stationed at three precincts in Brooklyn, one in the Bronx, and the Central Park precinct. They will reportedly be remotely piloted from One Plaza, monitored by a departmental attorney to prevent improper surveillance.

Adam Bry, Co-Founder and CEO of Skydio shared on Linkedin that he was “going from rooftop City Police Department Dock DFR installations down to underground subway tunnels for a Nightsense demo with NYPD Transit. Lots of folks from are working closely with our customers to make all of this happen and helping NYC actualize its goal to be the safest big city in the world!”

Drones as First Responders Locations

The “Drones as First Responders” will be stationed at the following locations in New York City:

  • 67th Brooklyn
  • 71st Brooklyn
  • 75th Brooklyn
  • 48th Bronx
  • Central Park

Speed and Accessibility

Drones equipped with infrared cameras can quickly reach locations that officers on foot or in vehicles cannot. This rapid response capability is crucial for serious crimes like shootings, stabbings, and robberies. NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Cass Daughtry highlighted the drones' effectiveness in operations and inspecting earthquake damage.

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Skydio drone in a box at a NYPD location.

Safety and Surveillance

The deployment of drones is intended to keep New Yorkers safe, leveraging technology for better crowd control and emergency response. The initiative has sparked interest for its potential to provide unique aerial perspectives, such as views of Central Park from 200 feet high, showcasing both its beauty and the practical benefits of .

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with loudspeaker mounted on top.

DroneXL's Take

The NYPD's drone initiative marks a significant step in modern policing, blending advanced technology with traditional law enforcement. While the potential benefits in response times and accessibility are clear, it's essential to balance these with concerns about privacy and surveillance. As drones become a more common tool for police, ongoing oversight and transparency will be key to maintaining public and ensuring their use remains focused on safety and efficiency.

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Photos courtesy of ABC 7 NY and Skydio.


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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

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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