New Drones Will Offer High-Tech Assistance To Police, But Raise Surveillance Concerns

LIVE FROM THE KDKA FORECAST CENTER IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH THIS IS KDKA NEWS AT 6 DRONES WILL BE ON DUTY THIS SUMMER

THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT IS GETTING TWO HIGH TECH DRONES TO HELP POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS THE DRONES WILL BE USED FOR TASKS THAT ARE TOO DANGEROUS THIS IS RAISING SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE CAPABILITY FOR SURVEILLANCE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT ANDY SHEEHAN EXPLAINSREPORTER: THIS IS STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN GO WHERE POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS CAN'T WITHOUT SO MUCH RISK

IT IS SAFER AND CHEAPER TO USE TECHNOLOGY RATHER THAN PUTTING A POLICEMAN OR FIREFIGHTER IN JEOPARDY REPORTER: THESE ARE SET TO ARRIVE IN TWO WEEKS AND THEY WILL BECOME AN EYE IN THE SKY EACH HAS THREE CAMERAS AS WELL AS THERMAL IMAGING THIS MAKES SOME PEOPLE NERVOUS THEY COULD BE FLYING A DRONE OUTSIDE HERE WHILE WE TALK

Reporter: THE DIRECTOR OF THE ACLU IN PITTSBURGH HAS CONCERNS ABOUT THE SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITIES, ESPECIALLY BY LAW ENFORCEMENT THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO INVADE PEOPLE'S PRIVACY THE INTENT IS FOR A PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONSE WEATHER IS — IT IS HAZARDOUS MATERIAL OR A SWA

T SITUATION OR A FIRE IT IS NOT USED FOR SURVEILLANCE REPORTER: HE SAID THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN A PUBLIC INSURANCE IF YOU ONLY USE IT IN A NUT EMERGENCY RESCUE SITUATION, PUT IT IN WRITING

MAKE SURE THAT POLICE OFFICERS KNOW THAT Reporter: ARE THERE STRICT GUIDELINES? WE ARE LOOKING AT OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND WE WILL DRAFT A POLICY REPORTER: THE PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR SAID THESE DRONES WILL BE TIGHTLY REGULATED WHEN THE

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