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Law Enforcement Question: Drones vs Helicopters

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  1. skydiver41

    skydiver41 Member

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    This question is for anyone who can remember when law enforcement first started using helicopters: when did it begin and was there a big hoopla about it then like there is now about drones being used "against civilians"?

    I am not talking about using armed drones as weapons. I am just talking about the fact the these drones are the latest technology that the military uses for gathering intel and are now being used here in the USA. Many people are fairly upset by this and I was wondering if, back then, there was a similar sentiment about police starting to use helicopters (as Air Support). Best I can see is the LAPD started with 1 chopper back in 1956. Thanks.
     
  2. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    This is different, these are little helicopters.
     
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    I was a Sgt. at the Newport Beach, CA PD when we got our first helicopters in 1969. We got two, Costa Mesa got two and Huntington Beach got two. They were used for burglary prevention (we had never been able to see the roof of commercial buildings before), pursuit coordination, beach and ocean patrol and very rarely emergency transport...they were two seaters only. Minimum altitude was 500 ft and the technology did not support high power, close in observation. The community had not allowed cameras to be installed to watch recreational areas of our city, but they did embrace the helicopters.

    The three cities mentioned now do a joint powers agreement and there are only two helicopters among them, as I am told. The pilots were police officers and supervising them was a pain in the butt as they were in charge of the birds and pretty much did what they wanted when they wanted. In one pursuit a Newport bird hit a Costa Mesa bird killing both the CMPD officers.

    Today, the technology and the fact that drones could fly at a lower altitude, I suspect the community would have a lot to say. I think they would be a good prevention device with proper press coverage. Clearly, a political football that will depend on community support.

    JON
     
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    Just don't be boinkin the maid out in the garden.

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  5. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    I wonder how effective 00 buck would be against a drone

    I bought a flat of them a while back because they were beyond dirt cheap

    Drones might make good target practice, but I guess that all might backfire pretty bad if they were armed

    Guess I might need to think this one over LOL
     
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    Like so many other laws the original intent was a good idea but later lawmakers or law enforcement upped the annie to infringement on the citizens rights.

    Privacy laws have been scrapped for income. During a hunter safety course I ask the county sheriff this question.......Can (in Iowa anyway) law enforcement come into your backyard and give you a DUI if your mowing your lawn on a riding lawnmower while you have been enjoying alcoholic beverages in your own home without even leaving your property?

    His answer was ..Yes we can and will do so!!!

    Ask Great Britain's Kate how she liked the telephoto shot of her breasts...

    The common comment of "if you're not breaking the law why worry about it" is a liberals common answer to socialism at its finest...
     
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