Local police departments using drones to help fight crime from the sky

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Drones are becoming the newest tool for local police departments and now two cities are teaming up to launch a new fleet.

Beavercreek and Fairborn have six drones and plan to get more. This technology gives them an aerial advantage, but also comes with a debate over privacy.

An eye in the sky changes your perspective from above and below.

On the ground, Chris Landis considers his privacy.

“To be using a drone, especially in my neighborhood there should be a reason for it,” Landis said.

Beavercreek Police Captain Scott Molnar said drones will only be used for crimes or helping people.

“We can deploy pretty much anywhere in Beavercreek or Fairborn,” Molnar said.

These two cities are starting to use unmanned aerial systems for search and rescue missions, search warrants and finding marijuana grow operations.

Molnar insists it won’t be used for random surveillance.

“We are not using this as a spy tool or big brother is watching or anything like that,” Molnar said.

These drones are similar to police helicopters, but on a much smaller scale.

“It’s a whole lot less expensive and more concious of the taxpayer dollars,” Molnar said.

Nationwide, more than 340 agencies are investing in this technology.

The ACLU is demanding stricter laws to protect residents.

“As long as it’s used to serve and protect then I’m good,” Landis said.

All police drones are registered through the FAA and all officers are going through training once a month.

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