09/07/2012

Chiefs: Police UAVs aren't Predator drones

Guideline document includes recommendations on ways to employ aircraft for law enforcement purposes

By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The nation's largest consortium of police officials calls for the limited use of unmanned drones in local law enforcement operations and urges that the controversial aircraft — popular weapons on international battlefields — not be armed.

The first national advisory for the use of unmanned aircraft issued by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) comes as federal lawmakers and civil rights advocates have expressed deep concerns about the vehicles' use in domestic law enforcement.

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