The New York Police Department has made use of surveillance drones at the Times Square New Year’s Eve party for the first time in its history.
The department planned on using a drone at the world famous celebrations 12 months ago but on that occasion poor weather conditions left its UAV grounded.
In the wake of this event, New York City police commissioner Demot Shea said that his team began plans for the following year’s celebration only the next day, on Jan. 1, 2019.
Approximately 1 million attendees saw in 2020 under the watchful eye of the drones. The FBI were also present, along with police helicopters and bomb-detection units.
The police were also using drone mitigation technology that could detect and disable other drones in the area.
NYPD currently utilises 14 DJI drones of three different kinds, all catered to a variety of tasks. Former NYPD detective Joe Giacalone explained: “When policing large crowds, [drones] can spot areas where trouble might be brewing.”