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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The use of unmanned drones has raised privacy and safety concerns across the country. But the controversial aircraft could also be a useful tool for law enforcement one a local sheriff would like state lawmakers to consider.

“It is much quicker than a helicopter or plane. much quicker,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said. “I mean, it can basically be carried around in a vehicle and launched within minutes.”

The portability, the speed and the cost are all reasons why Ingram favors law enforcement agencies’ use of drones.

“It’s just technology, but we have to be mindful how we use that technology and how it will affect our citizens and society,” Ingram said.

Some people are concerned about the thought of a drone flying around.

“I would just want to know exactly the restrictions are and what things are they are able to investigate,” said Sara Willis, who is concerned about drone use.

In a statement the Federal Aviation Administration says there are about 80 law enforcement agencies operating unmanned aircrafts. The FAA says the operator must fly the device within the line of sight no more than 400 feet off the ground.

“Man force is not getting enough done,” said Richard Warren, who supports drone use. “So with the drones, that might be more helpful to law enforcement in solving crimes.”

For agencies like the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, which only has one helicopter pilot, Ingram says having drone capabilities would be beneficial.

“You could be on scene with something like this, immediately deploy it, and start initiating the search,” he said.

Ingram says this is not something that is going to happen any time soon. These are just the beginning stages of planning for the future.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

The State of North Carolina has a moratorium in place until 2015, according to the article at Star News. That won’t keep the federal government from sending them our way. This type of technology cannot be trusted in the hands of the government. Some people say that the founding fathers had no clue as to the types of weapons or technology that we have in today’s world. They did know human nature and knew what weapons in the hands of government could mean for the people. The colonials revolted for a lot less than what we put up with today.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

If you read the full article at Star News you would see that he says he doesn’t want them for spying. He wants them for practical reasons. He states that there should be regulations as to how low they are allowed to fly over residential areas. I say that the mere possessions of the things make it way too easy for abuse to happen. Government cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

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Dirk Ziggler
2016 years 2 months ago

Duhhh it done woulda be reals spensives. Dem bruco boys done use em fer targetz practiceses..

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trash
2016 years 2 months ago

I support shooting them down. Oops. Thought it was a bird.
That is an invasion of privacy! Since when was this country given the right to use drones against its citizens?

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

I know. That’s why I made a point to say that it was what he said. It has been a long time since I have trusted any politician on the face of what he says.

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