Police in the the City of Upland, East of Los Angeles, just added two drones to their crime fighting arsenal and didn’t pay a dime to do so.
According to reports in a local paper, Police in the city are repurposing two drones that they recently seized. Local Police Chief Brian Johnson was quoted as saying, “We have the authority, in the evidence code, that allows us to convert seized assets or property to the police.”
Even the training of pilots will be free as the local police federation will pick up the costs. All-in-all a very cost efficient plan!
The Upland police plan to use the drones as eyes in the sky for cases of complicated traffic incidents and dangerous situations like a barricaded and armed suspect. They also are considering letting the city use the drones for promotional purposes.
Many local police are starting to use drones, but this has to be the most interesting way Drone Dossier has heard of a police department acquiring drones.