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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Thursday that the police department has ended its unmanned drone program.
"Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department's priority. The vehicles will be returned to the vendor," McGinn said in a released statement.
The Seattle Police Department is one of 50 organizations that received permission last year from the federal government to operate unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.
Cities that are bankrupt continue to find Billions nation wide to fund Drones.
Good for Mayor McCheese.
I don't think he cares one way or the other about the privacy implications... it was likely budget related.
Even so, I'm glad to see it have a lower priority
Yeah, I believe Sheriff Grady Judd out of Polk County Florida (he's pretty well known) was one of the 50 approved by the fed. Knowing his methodology, I don't think he would be so quick to give this resource up.
Agreed. However, I'd love to see a cost analysis comparing it to having a helicopter and pilot.
Bi-partisan legislation to limit drone use within Washington state was approved Thursday 9-1 after a large group of people, from regular citizens to a former F.B.I. employee, came to show and voice their support.
Some of the guidelines in the bill state that any government group within Washington must get permission and be approved before even acquiring a drone. No personal information can be collected on an individual or area other than the target that justified the issuance of a search warrant.