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South Carolina Agencies Launch UAV Surveillance Program

March 24, 2011  | 

Two South Carolina law enforcement agencies launched a surveillance program, using employing radio-controlled helicopters to gather intelligence in locations considered too hazardous for law enforcement officers.

The Ariel Intelligence and Response (A.I.R.) program will be a joint program by the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Columbia Police Department. The agencies unveiled the radio-controlled unmanned craft at a press conference on Tuesday, reports WLTX.

The agencies plan to use the craft to assist patrol officers during foot pursuits across jurisdictional boundaries. The small helicopters include cameras, and a weapon can be mounted if needed.

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Jason @ 2/28/2012 3:58 PM

I work in the unmanned field and have supported troops overseas for the past 6 years. It is great to see police starting to use UAV's!! In order to get the public response required for legit backing, more articles need to address the safety and privacy concerns. Better reassurance is required to really get UAVs to "take off"and help us win the battle on our own streets. Think about it...your child needs daily reassurance for many events before he/she really feels comfortable. Great article!

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