Survey: Few police departments utilize drones in the field
Updated 2:10 pm, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than a year after Maine legislators passed a law regulating the use of drones by law enforcement, most police departments in the state still aren't utilizing the technology.
An informal survey conducted by the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2dArhHi ) found that many police officials cited those regulations as the reason for not using unmanned aircrafts in the field.
Cost and a lack of manpower was also said to have played a role in law enforcement's limited use of drones.
State police Maj. Christopher Grotton says he thinks it's just a matter of time and resources before the use of drones becomes more prevalent.
State law mandates that law enforcement agencies obtain search warrants before using drones and adopt policies in line with the minimum standards set by lawmakers.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com