City officials in New Smyrna Beach are asking their residents about their thoughts on the police department using drones. It will be open for public discussion on Jan 27th at 6 P.M. in the City Hall Commission Chambers
The department says they would be using the drones for public safety, help in searches for missing people, documenting crime scenes and aid in rescue operations after a natural disaster. “Any surveillance or search with a drone is prohibited under Florida Statute 934.50 without a warrant signed by a judge. Our proposed policy specifically states ‘No random surveillance will be conducted with unmanned aircraft, pursuant to Florida Statutes.’”
Daytona Beach Police Department already has drones in place that they bought from seized drug money.