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Arlington PD Experiment With Drones

The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement.

The department has been testing and evaluating two battery-operated, remote-controlled aircraft over a small, restricted airspace near Lake Arlington Dam, away from populated areas.

The aircraft are flown only for daylight operations and within a small, restricted airspace. The aircraft have to remain within the pilot's line of sight and fly 400 feet above the ground level.

Pilots obtain the same license as a commercial aircraft pilot.

Arlington hopes to demonstrate the aircraft's potential law enforcement uses. All flight data is recorded and sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for evaluation.

"All of the U.S. and the FAA is depending on our testing and experiment, our experimentation to create a model for law enforcement usage of these vehicles,"

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Added: Jul-1-2011 Occurred On: Jun-30-2011
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Location: Arlington, Texas, United States (load item map)
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  • War technology coming soon to a PD near you. I can remember when cops carried .38 revolvers and sometimes a shotgun. Now they have access to 15 shot autopistols and M-16's, tons of riot gear and armored cars. Officer Friendly becomes more like Gestapo Officer Unfriendly every day.

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    • @bullcanada No of course not. And the TSA would never hire perverts to fell up people at the airport, abuse the naked body scanners, and those scanners would never cause cancer anyway and are totally safe. The TSA officials told us all this after all, why would they lie?

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  • I can't think of one thing we have given cops to use that they haven't abuse us with later.

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  • So ridiculous. The reasons they gave for spending money on drones are so fkn stupid who would even think about training and paying people to better spot the "origin" of where a fire started Just BS excuses behind the truth of why they really want to use them and its plain and simple - to spy.

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  • I don't see the point,They would still need a regular helicopter for pursuits .The reasons he gives are why the fire department should have one.

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  • Jeez you people act as if police helicopters don't exist. An this is a poor mans police helicopter.

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    • @Rob8729
      Here's how the slope works.

      drones replacing normal helicopters will lead to more drone helicopters. If your current budget affords you 2 regular helicopters, you now have a hundred.

      more drone helicopters leads to "new and inovative" uses for the helicopters. such as surveilance for SWAT and riot police.

      as technology develops and laws passed to "protect" the drone from attack the drones are weaponized and armed with tear gas and tazers or god forbid bullets.

      N More..

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    • @mdscorpio71 you are absolutely right they will ''innovate'' this to a weaponized version eventually, and though i dont like it this is obviously inevitable...karma

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  • It's funny how police departments can't find a single spokesman who's even mildly articulate.

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