Olean Cops Harness DJI Drone Power
In an initiative backed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation (CRCF), the city Police of Olean, New York will soon add a DJI drone to their arsenal. Mayor Bill Aiello expressed his surprise at the small size of the unarmed drone.
Equipped with visible light and infrared imaging cameras, the drone is a testament to the increasing adoption of such devices by law enforcement agencies, with the New York State Police initiating drone deployment in 2018.
Acknowledging a $1,500 grant from the CRCF in August 2022, city officials spurred efforts for additional funding, culminating in the drone’s procurement earlier this month. With drone acquisition comes concerns of privacy rights, prompting aldermen to demand policies for drone usage.
An increasing number of national groups urge written policies and limits on drone usage, both inside and outside law enforcement circles. Civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, propose stringent usage…