Heads up (literally) people of Illinois, the drone police are coming. The Illinois State Police (ISP) have been given the green light to deploy drones to photograph crime scenes and accident scenes. The Federal Aviation Authority has given the ISP clearance for the use of drones which probably should cause you to raise an eyebrow. The ISP claim that using drones to investigate crime scenes and accidents will significantly reduce the time Interstates and roadways will be closed due to investigation.
The ISP is purposely avoiding the “drone” moniker saying the label brings a bad perception with it, instead they are calling it the Unmanned Aircraft System program. The FAA has put regulations on the ISP program stating they can only be used under special circumstances like missing persons searches, accidents and crime scenes. The FAA has also authorized the use of the ISP drones if The Department of Homeland Security identifies a specific terror threat. Furthermore, the FAA has also said the ISP must have a search warrant before drones can be deployed over private property.
This should prove interesting. It seems the FAA has put some good guidelines on the use of these drones by the ISP but like any new law enforcement tool it will likely get a good dose of scrutinizing from the public. What do you think of the Illinois State Police and their drone police? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.