Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Test Drones (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 12:15
Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Test Drones (VIDEO)
By Stephanie Chuang
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012
Updated 7:54 PM PDT
They began as tools in military combat. Now aerial drones are being considered by Bay Area law enforcement agencies as a cost-cutting way to replace helicopters, and use technology to fight crime and save lives.
Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern first tested one of these Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS about a year ago. Now he’s looking into possibly bringing a drone here. His office would be the first in California to do it. Armed with live-video-feeding capabilities and different features, like infrared devices, these drones can cost in the ballpark of 50- to 100-thousand dollars or more.