Policing Drones

Edwina Jones

As with the coming of each new technology, comes the newest moral panic. This is certainly no different when it comes to societies reactions to Drones or otherwise known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In my last blog, How to Drones 101, I briefly discussed how drones might/are impacting on Australian society. This blog will look deeper into how drones are impacting on policing and military.

The use of drones for crime fighting sounds like a positive situation, but according to many civil activists and media professionals, this may not be for the overall benefit for society.

Here are the benefits of police using drones:

  • Spy on bikie fortresses
  • Find drug crops
  • Gather intelligence without putting officers at risk
  • Local people on the ground during search and rescue operations
  • Transmit GPS coordinates back to operators during fires
  • Collect images of an accident scene quickly after incident
  • and many more

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