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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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