Pricey Pittsburgh police drones grounded
Law enforcement agencies have been among the many public service and business entities that have used drones to improve their operations, but police in Pittsburgh are reportedly still sitting on a $62,000 unused UAV investment due to concerns about negative public reaction to the craft.
According to a report this week by local television station WPXI, police in Pittsburgh have yet to power on two DJI drones bought in 2018 for over $50,000 after authorities worried that city residents might think the craft were being deployed to monitor them. In addition to the expensive hardware still idling on storage shelves, nearly $12,000 in pilot training is going unused.
Perhaps just as curious as the authorization and procurement of police drones that have since been grounded, meanwhile, is the report’s finding that Pittsburgh’s finest have deployed UAVs they’ve borrowed from other Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies in critical situations like search and…