Unmanned aircraft a controversial surveillance tool for North Dakota law enforcement.

In a first for local law enforcement in the region,…

In a first for local law enforcement in the region, 16 North Dakota counties will soon use two small unmanned aircraft to monitor crime scenes and track suspects.

The new law enforcement tool also raises questions about privacy and surveillance.

Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from the Grand Forks area have been training since last fall, Frazier said.

“I really think these are going to be situationally deployed over an incident,” Frazier said. “I don’t think they’re going to be used extensively for covert surveillance, so I see them more as a tactical resource rather than a strategic resource used for intelligence gathering.”

Read the rest of Dan Gunderson’s article at Minnesota Public Radio.

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  • Matt in Oklahoma

    You know i get alot of feedback saying LEO are becoming to militarized. I have always backed the LEO side because of the escalting crime threats with weapondry, tactics, armor etc but I can really see where folks are getting their ideas from