The Los Angeles Police Department has taken a step in the right direction in getting drone technology permanently added to it resource.
A report by the LA Times detailed how the Police Commission has approved a report on the LAPD’s pilot program to use the airborne devices.
It will also consider a new policy in 60 to 75 days to make the program permanent.
The report describes how the request came nearly two years after the five-member civilian Police Commission approved strict guidelines for police to use the remote-controlled devices in dangerous situations such as a barricaded suspect, active shooter or explosive device.
Police Chief Michel Moore told commissioners: “This is an item of significant public interest. It’s a device that has a great deal of controversy in some quarters.”
The vote means the existing pilot program will continue until the commission can consider a new police policy.
The Los Angeles Times also reported on how commissioners Dale Bonner and Eileen Decker said a new drone policy needs to protect the public and received “assurance” from deputy chief Horace Frank that the force would not weaponise the drones without telling commissioners.
Moore added that the commission and the public would have “no appetite” to use the technology in that way.