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August 24, 2012
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Fla. police unveil unmanned helicopter camera

Missing person searches, drug surveillance and dangerous rescues are just some of the ways officials think their new tiny aerial tools can be used

WESH

ORLANDO, Fla. — They look like toys, but Daytona Beach Police Department officers say the potential is unlimited for remote-controlled helicopters that carry a video cameras.

Missing person searches, drug surveillance and dangerous rescues are just some of the ways officials think their new tiny aerial tools can be used.

Officers demonstrated the small unmanned aerial vehicles Thursday.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood said while the value is great, the concern about privacy is also notable.

"As great as this technology is, you also have to be wary of the abuse that can occur with this. How do we protect what we, the police, are here to defend? That's our constitutional right — the right against government intrusion," Chitwood said.

The UAVs are not yet in use. FAA regulations may delay their inclusion into the department's practices.

Reprinted with permission from WESH



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