The arrival of new technology often stirs waves of excitement and concern. This summer, Worcester Police’s acquisition of a drone did just that. Since its launch in June, how often has the drone taken to the skies? And what are the underlying sentiments surrounding this decision?

According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the drone has been beckoned by the police five times since its program’s inauguration. Interim Police Chief Paul Saucier informed the City Council that the police will provide a quarterly log detailing the “small unmanned aircraft system” utilization.

Dive into Worchester Police Drone Deployments

While the drone saw five requests, it was only airborne three times. The notable instances of its deployment include:

  • A 13-hour standoff on July 7 at 51 Colby St. where a suspect barricaded himself. This intense event ended with the arrest of Caleb Boateng, accused of “shooting his mother and brother as well as firing at police officers who…