Rain and wind puts a stop to NYPD New Year’s Eve drone plan


Plans set out by the New York Police Department to fly a drone over New Year’s Eve celebrations in the US city were prevented by heavy rain and wind.

The force had intended to use a surveillance drone in order to monitor the event in Times Square for the first time.

However, according to a report from the BBC, police chief Terence Monahan said the drone could not be safely deployed because of heavy rain and wind.

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Police had planned to tether the drone to a building to guarantee the safety of people below if anything went wrong, but decided against the whole idea in acknowledgement of the weather conditions.

Instead, a helicopter was deployed to keep an eye on proceedings along with counter-drone technology in case of unauthorised flying aircraft.

In December, CDP reported on how the NYPD bought a batch of drones to help with police work.

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