Tell this to 911 whats the emergency.
There the 911 call comes into the Chula Vista police departmentand a drone is launched to start tracking a potential suspect.
Go ahead and come behind you.
It streams live video to police officers on the ground.
Get down get down until they can arrive on the scene.
This individual was someone that probably could have created tremendous challenges for our community.
We determined that the vehicle was actually stolen.
We could see that he jumped over a fence and went into a dumpster and threw something in therethat we later determined was actually a stolen handgun.
The Chula Vista police department is among a growing number of law enforcementand public safety agencies in the US that are turning to drones for assistance.
About 4,000 public safety agencies have drone programs according to a march 2020 survey by drone responders and non-profit program,more than 40 percent of those are law enforcement.
But more eyes in the skies means potentially more surveillance of communities and the possible invasion of peoples privacy.
Drones are a tool like any other and they can be used for good or scary purposes.
What we dont want to see is a world where police drones are crisscrossing the skies with no regulations collecting video left and right going to every little incidentor being used for routine mass surveillance.
The Chula Vista pd has seven drones equipped with video camerasthat relay information back to headquarters.
A drone is able to respond quicker.
It does not have to maneuver through traffic.
The drones can just fly overhead and get there as quick as possible.
Since 2018 the departments drone as first responder programhas responded to more than four thousand calls for serviceand has assisted in more than six hundred arrests.
It gives our officers so much information so that we can keep the community safe,the subjects we encounter safe and the officers safer.
What Stanley of the ACLU advocates for is thatpolice departments be transparent about their use of drones.
Weve been pushing local laws that require police departments to get the permissionof the city council or other elected body before they deploy new surveillance technologies.
Kennedy agrees with these policies and says thats why Chula Vistas dronesare used for surveillance only in active police calls.
Our drone responds to radio calls.
We also put up on our web page 24 hours after the fact, every single locationthat our drone has flown to and gives a definition of why we responded there.
The role of technology and policing will likely increase.
I believe we are at the beginning of a revolution of what drones can do for law enforcement.Julie Tabo VOA news