A month after receiving a grant to purchase a hazmat drone, San Jose Police Department replied that it had no documents pertaining to unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Maine State Police spent just $300 to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle in January. The small drone, marketed as a hobby plane, is controlled via smartphone or tablet application. While this model is not designed for law enforcement use, the department indicates it intends to use it in field operations.
In the midst of Virginia’s proposed moratorium on law enforcement drones, the state emergency management agency has released documents outlining a rejected proposal to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor radiation. The documents also reveal that Virginia’s Army National Guard has drones in its inventory. But without authorization documents, it is unclear to what extent or purposes the UAVs can be flown.