Public backlash from residents and privacy advocates prompted the agency to ground the drone and release to the public a set of guidelines to limit its use. Police held a community meeting in early December, attended by more than 100 people, where they spelled out parameters for its use.
Primarily, it would help the bomb squad, police said, to investigate suspicious packages from a safe distance. It would also be used in situations with actives shooters, hostages or barricades. Footage wouldn’t be saved, only viewed in real time. All flights would have to be approved by a commander.
The meeting takes place from 1 to 3pm Saturday at West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, in San Jose. For information, call Ernest Guzman from the City Manager’s Office at 408.535.8171 or visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/UAS.
District 5 United, a neighborhood association, is conducting a survey about the drone, which you can take here.
If you missed the December meeting, here’s a video of the police presentation about drone use.