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Originally posted by Zaphod58
The Gadsden Alabama police chief just recently found out that they have two UAVs they didn't know about, and had them for two years. They are I believe similar to this one, and were bought with a grant from Homeland Security. They only reason he found out about them is that the FAA sent out a notice of who was allowed to operate UAVs, and they were on the list.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama police chief says he recently discovered that his department has two unmanned aerial vehicles.
Gadsden Police Chief John Crane tells The Gadsden Times he learned two weeks ago the department has had the unmanned aerial vehicles since 2010.
The revelation came to light after the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of agencies certified to fly drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Gadsden Police Department was on the list.
Crane, who was named police chief in February, says he doesn't know why they were purchased. The cost was about $150,000, paid through a federal law enforcement grant.
Crane says the department's UAVs, which have video surveillance capability, haven't been used because there hasn't been a need for them.
Originally posted by marbles87
reply to post by jude11
Why are people saying sweet? Thousands of dollars was just wasted and people could have go hurt. It just goes to show that these things are unpredictable. This will not be the last time these things crash and do damage on American soil.
Originally posted by Wertdagf
reply to post by Asktheanimals
Youd like to think?!?!?!.... That of all the things that god could do, he wrecks two vehicles during a photo op.
This is a horrible missuse of resources, but this by no means justifies some devine retribution by wasting more resources