Drones have definitely become commercial. What was previously a concern for the military now has become a leisurely experience for hobbyists and enthusiasts. Drones have found a range of applications in the civilian arena, some of which include casual photography, professional photography, surveying and so on. After a long stint in the military, these technological marvels are finding their way into law enforcement applications. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is the latest law enforcement agency to adopt drones into its force. However, not everyone is happy with this decision, as various civil liberties groups and advocacy groups have criticized this move, citing privacy concerns and the possibility of a violation of basic rights.
A spokesperson for the NYPD disclosed that the department had officers trained to operate the drones and planned to use them to police events that traditionally draw large crowds, such as concerts, United Nations Summits and so on. However, other applications include hostage situations, and investigations of crime scenes, car chases, etc. The police Commissioner claimed that since New York Police Department is the largest municipal police department in the country and polices over one of the most important cities, it needs to be open to the idea of incorporating technology into its force.
In light of the mass shootings in the United States, this may the need of the hour.