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Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Test Drones (VIDEO)

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.

Read more: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Bay-Area-Law-Enforcemen...

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