The Dutch police will be investing heavily in expanding its drone fleet in the coming years. The police currently have about sixty drones. In two years, there must be at least 130. The drones are increasingly being used for various applications, such as enforcement, locating missing persons, and investigating traffic accidents.
Drones play a key role in documenting crime scenes, finding missing persons, and assisting with other routine problems at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
Under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, drone footage has been released of the Vancouver police clearing Oppenheimer Park in 2019 after receiving a report of a man being shot in the now-dismantled encampment. The use of the police drone caused concerns with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which would like to see all police drone operations listed on the website of the Vancouver Police Department.
On Sunday, first responders found the body of a 20-year-old man who was reported missing on Saturday. The aerial search included drones and helicopters.
On Monday afternoon, Killeen Police Department officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Legacy Lane, in reference to a report of a person with a firearm and shots fired. The ensuing standoff, during which the police drone was shot at, has the suspect facing both a felony and a misdemeanor charge.
Auburn Police Department in the state of New York plans to start a drone program with seized drug money, but needs to receive approval from the city council before they can go ahead and do so.