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Posted: 7/26/2013 11:25:16 AM EDT
St. Louis police chief reportedly wants drones to fight city crime
The police chief of St. Louis reportedly wants drones to fight crime —
and the unmanned devices could be in city skies within a year if
KSDK.com reports that St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has taken the
initial step in obtained a drone by writing Federal Aviation
Administration officials for approval. They’d assist local police
officers, Dotson said, during police chases and to monitor large open
"To help keep officers safe, to help keep the community safe,” Dotson
explained. "For monitoring public space, things like the upcoming Fair
St. Louis, baseball games for terrorist, suspicious activity.”
Drones are more cost-effective than a helicopter, which was used in a
police chase on Monday and cost about $2.5 million. Drones, meanwhile,
depending on included features, cost between $80,000 and $300,000, the
So, is St. Louis going to foot the bill for the Hellfires, or am I going to have to pay a state drone tax without getting the benefits of the kills?
Unless the drones are armed with precision rifles fired remotely at criminals in the act they aren't going to much more than draw fire from gang bangers and tards.
He is right it would be much cheaper than a helicopter and still provide the same service.
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