The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Friday that they have obtained two “unmanned aerial vehicles” to add to their law enforcement arsenal. According to the Los Angeles Times, in order to avoid negative connotations, the LAPD purposely avoided calling the aircraft “drones.”
The Times reported that the Draganflyer X6 aircraft is an advanced surveillance device, which looks like a three-foot-wide helicopter outfitted with two cameras and infrared night-vision capabilities. The LAPD emphasized that the drones will not be doing general sweeps of unsuspecting citizens, but will only be used for “narrow and prescribed uses.” For example, LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith indicated that the drones’ ability to look inside buildings could be beneficial in hostage situations.
“We wanted to be really up-front with the public that we’re looking at using these down the road,” Smith said. “We wanted to make sure it didn’t look like we were trying to sneak these things into action.”
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