Vancouver Police Department Uses Drones For Investigations
VPD has purchaised 3 camera-equipped drones and by the end of the year, would like to use them to perform investigations and increase public safety. There are growing privacy concerns about these drones being used to observe citizens.
The VPD’s 13-page privacy impact assessment states that they will ensure that the drones do not invade people’s privacy and that all video footage that is not evidentiary will be deleted after 30 days. They also say that even though the drones can be used to collect personal information for law-enforcement purposes, they will not use them unless there’s an iminent risk to life and safety.
Some uses of the drones include:
- Car crashes
- Crime scenes
- Disaster scenes
- Search and rescue
- Hostage situations
- Death threat situations
- Suicidal person
- Barracaded suspects
- Crowd monitoring
- Directing police to criminal acts