The NYPD has added 14 drones to its arsenal

The New York Police Department announced today that it has acquired 14 drones and plans to utilize them in policing efforts across New York City, in a move that has garnered backlash from civil advocacy groups that are concerned about the department’s motives.

In the announcement, the NYPD said that there are 29 officers who are trained to use the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The drones are anticipated to be used to police large events in the city, like concerts, and in hostage situations and crime scene investigations. The department said today that it doesn’t plan to use the new technology to enforce traffic laws or surveil citizens.

Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in…

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