NYPD Acquires 14 Drones for New Unmanned Aircraft System Program

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The NYPD, the largest municipal police department in the U.S. recently unveiled their new UAS/Drone Program.

The Department has acquired 14 new drones and brought on licensed NYPD officers to operate them as part of the program. Fittingly, the drones will be operated by the Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU). Learn more on our blog: https://uavcoach.com/nypd-drones

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Since NYPD is going to use UAV's only in certain scenarios, I wonder about the flying skills of the pilot. I doubt that they will log as many flying hours as we, in the private sector. Additionally, Dji GEO fencing will lock out/ delay flying in certain airspace, where time is of the essence in emergencies.  They should contract out aerial cinematography services, to the professionals.

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They aren’t looking for Aerial cinematography services. Even if they were, how would contracting with professionals meet the needs of emergency responders?

They should stop buying toys and start training officers how to safely deploy UAVs that can provide persistent survailance and more standoff.  



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