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Poll: How Do You Feel About Police Chief Dotson’s Vision For Using Drones?

June 30, 2013 Crime, Featured, Politics/Policy, Sunday Poll 9 Comments
Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police
Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police

In February drones were the subject of the weekly poll and readers supported regulation of drones in Missouri. Last week we learned of a real local example:

In Chief Sam Dotson’s vision of modern policing, a drone would circle Busch Stadium to watch for terrorists, or silently pursue a criminal who thought the chase was over when the officer in the car behind him turned off its red lights and siren. (stltoday)

Dotson sent a letter to the FAA on March 25th indicating they’d like permission to operate an “Unmanned Aerial Observation Platform”. See the RFT for Dotson’s March letter and a letter of support from Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

I personally like the idea of using drones in the above situations, allowing the police to do their jobs, while not endangering the public with a high-speed chase. But I know many of you are camera shy, you expect more privacy even in public spaces.

This non-hypothetical example seemed like a good enough reason to revisit the issues of drones again. The poll is in the right sidebar, results on Wednesday July 10th.

— Steve Patterson

 

Currently there are "9 comments" on this Article:

  1. JZ71 says:

    Given the growing number of cameras already out there, in both public and private hands, what’s one or two more? If you want privacy, just close the blinds! In the meantime, turn off the GPS on your smartphone and quit tweeting your every move . . . .

     
  2. JZ71 says:

    Given the growing number of cameras already out there, in both public and private hands, what’s one or two more? If you want privacy, just close the blinds! In the meantime, turn off the GPS on your smartphone and quit tweeting your every move . . . .

     
  3. Eric says:

    All the posts on the front page say “No comments”. And then you click, and there are comments. So, there’s a bug.

    As for the topic of this post: I’d be fine with the police videotaping me if I were equally free to videotape them.

     
  4. Eric says:

    All the posts on the front page say “No comments”. And then you click, and there are comments. So, there’s a bug.

    As for the topic of this post: I’d be fine with the police videotaping me if I were equally free to videotape them.

     
  5. Lots A Luck says:

    With St. Louis all the way down to #4 (from #1) in dangerous cites in this country, I don’t understand why the Chief would want to spend all of this money? Just because my residence was burglarized (while we were sleeping) and we were robbed on the Cardinal Metrolink Stop (as security looked on from above), all in one week, makes #4 sound much safer. How does the Mayor feel about spending all of that money?

     
  6. Lots A Luck says:

    With St. Louis all the way down to #4 (from #1) in dangerous cites in this country, I don’t understand why the Chief would want to spend all of this money? Just because my residence was burglarized (while we were sleeping) and we were robbed on the Cardinal Metrolink Stop (as security looked on from above), all in one week, makes #4 sound much safer. How does the Mayor feel about spending all of that money?

     
  7. Do something for yourselves says:

    Everyone wants to just throw in the towel on all freedoms now days, police your own a little and this won’t be needed.

     
  8. Do something for yourselves says:

    Everyone wants to just throw in the towel on all freedoms now days, police your own a little and this won’t be needed.

     
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