Cops to use DRONES with Night-Vision Cameras to Enforce Coronavirus Clampdown

Leah Simpson – Daily Mail March 23, 2020

  • Chula Police Department plans to fit the devices with speakers and night vision cameras to keep an eye on the community and make announcements  
  • California police captain said that with the community spread of coronavirus: ‘It might be impractical or unsafe for our officers to be put into those areas’ 
  • Their devices are made by Chinese company DJI but US officials have been wary to use the countries drones due to possible security breeches  
  • Impossible Aerospace chief executive said he is currently ‘working like crazy’ with federal law enforcement agencies who require the devices
  • Commercial Drone Alliance and other drone backers wants the FAA to relax rules concerning drone safety due to the epidemic and the need to socially distance
  • Monday there were 1,539 cases and 39 coronavirus-related deaths in California 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A Southern California police department will use drones to monitor the community amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Located south of San Diego, the Chula Vista Police Department has invested in two drones that cost $11,000 each and plan to fit the devices with speakers and night vision cameras after last week Governor Gavin Newsom ordered residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Police attending the scenes of crimes are having to risk their health by getting into close contact with people involved in an incident but the drones – which will join two previously purchased from Chinese company DJI – would give cops an extra pair of eyes from afar.

After Governor Newsom last week stated 60,000 homeless people are expected to be infected with COVID-19, the drones could help watch over people living on the streets amid the outbreak.

Speakers would help officers give orders from the sky rather than reporting to the scene.

‘The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,’ Captain Vern Sallee told the Financial Times.

‘We have not traditionally mounted speakers to our drones, but … if we need to cover a large area to get an announcement out, or if there were a crowd somewhere that we needed to disperse — we could do it without getting police officers involved.’

By Monday there were 1,539 confirmed cases and 39 coronavirus-related deaths in California.

Governor Newsom aims to gets the homeless in isolation using trailer parks and converted hotels, he announced on Facebook last week.

However homeless people themselves haven’t been able to access the frequent updates about coronavirus plans from the local government.

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4 responses to “Cops to use DRONES with Night-Vision Cameras to Enforce Coronavirus Clampdown”

  1. Orwells 1984 has come to life here in the ZUS and what is happening will make 1984 look like a walk in the park.

    Read the book The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reed, can be had on amazon.com.

  2. The Controversy of Zion is also a pdf on Archive.org and ”pdf drive”

  3. Chilean protestors took down a drone with laser pointers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PKJYGoUjJo

  4. Wow California looking like a scene from Terminator. Very ominous and sad day for humanity. Soon they’ll be killing people with them. All done anonymously with a drone, so you’ll never find out who did it.