The Countryside Illinois Police Department took delivery of a DJI M30T police drone to help keep their community safe.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker approved a new law in June of this year, bolstering the power of local police departments to utilize drones in specific situations, ranging from monitoring public events to attending emergency calls.

The legislation, known as House Bill 3902, sailed through both legislative chambers with a Senate vote of 56-1 and a House tally of 84-7. While its passage indicates robust support, the bill wasn’t without detractors. Concerns from civil liberty entities eventually resulted in the addition of privacy safeguards and mandatory disclosure norms.

Countryside Illinois Police Department Receives Dji M30T Drone

The inception of this drone-related proposal can be traced back to a tragic mass shooting at Aurora’s Henry Pratt Company in 2019. The urgency for such a measure was reignited following another shooting at a Highland Park parade on July 4, 2022.

Kenny Winslow, heading the…