Palm Springs Police Department Set to Add Drone to Military Equipment Inventory
The Palm Springs Police Department is updating its military equipment inventory following the recent adoption of a New policy by the Palm Springs City Council.
The Board unanimously approved the Department’s purchase of a $35,161 drone.
A Report of September 29, 2022 by Acting City Manager Teresa Gallavan to the Council explained that “unmanned aerial systems have become an essential part of public safety operations nationwide.”
The Palm Springs Police Department plans to use the drone to locate hikers lost in mountainous or desert terrain and to monitor large-scale special events, including parades.
“Any use of UAS will be strictly in accordance with the Constitution’s protections of privacy and rights of association and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations,” according to a report from the Board.
The Department has created a policy that addresses privacy considerations related to the deployment of UAS and prohibited uses of the device.
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