Buzzed by the fuzz – More police departments and other first-responders are using drones

A recap from The Economist.

It’s for your own good, doncha know….

Might be past time for these (kudos to the designer of this meme):

16 responses to “Buzzed by the fuzz – More police departments and other first-responders are using drones

  1. I prefer no surveillance of any kind. But aerial recon by the PoPo has been out of the bag since the first chopper was bought way back in the ’50s. So it comes down to money as this point. Would you rather have them spend a $1000 for a drone over a 5 year life. Or get what is behind door number 2? — An exMil chopper that will require $50k of retrofit with a running cost of $1000/hr?

    I know what my wallet prefers.

    • I want them to be unable to sustain aerial surveillance.

      • Exactly so!

        Surreptitiously deny them that by grounding (and if possible clandestinely destroying) such ‘sneak n snoops’.

        Lather, rinse, repeat…

        Mindfuck THEIR ‘OODA loop’ for once!

        Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
        Northgunner III

      • I don’t want them too either CA. But the historical patten seems to be ‘they shall not be denied.’

    • You’re not thinking correctly – or paying attention.

      At least around here – popo copters have proliferated quite noticeably over say that last 15-20 years. It’s not unusual at all to see local and state police helicopters show up at ANY accident in relatively short order. That means they have enough of them close enough that it doesn’t take too long to get there. This means they have the money to pay for them.

      But ……… even though they’ve proliferated, there still isn’t enough of them to be watching everything all the time.

      They get a hell of a lot closer to that watching everything all the time thing – with drones. As you said: what’s a decent drone? – $1000 ? How much is a helicopter- like a cool million for say a Bell Jet Ranger?

      Go do some math, and you’ll find that buys them 1000 drones – for the price of that one helicopter. That means they CAN monitor everything – all the time. For the price of running that copter (you claim $1000) -they can go buy another drone. As soon as it looks like popo agencies are buying drones by the thousands – some enterprising software geek will come up with a package to run it all remotely (might already exist – I don’t know) – with maybe one or two operators. Pattern recognition will alert the operators when the constantly flying drones see something out of whack – or their infrared sensors pick up the signature of the 2 pot plants your teenage kid planted in the backyard.

      You need to adjust your thought process.

  2. What’s the bag limit?

    • No bag limit!

      Precision aerial gunnery will matter; a good pellet rifle WILL ruin their day…


      Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
      Northgunner III


    I predict an uptick in systems and techniques to counter this: “…cost effective and for-your-own-good” technology. Any thoughts?

  4. Three weeks ago, was outback working in the garden. Oldest grandson asks me what ” that” is. I look up and see a shiny drone at 100 y up, moving slowly down the street.

    Boys and girls wake up, our world is changing. I’ve personally seen FED vans, that can drive down your street and trap, record everything going on in every house they target.

    No warrants, no oversite.

    Tic Toc.


    • Such vehicles and their feral occupants CAN be dealt with if necessary…just takes ingenuity, planning, timing and balls to pull it off successfully.

      Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
      Northgunner III

  5. There ought to be a patch created to note ‘successful drone engagement’….

    Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
    Northgunner III

  6. rolanddeshain

    The camel’s nose is way past being under the tent. As it is with any technology, it has its legitimate uses with which I agree, (search and rescue) but the lure to misuse it is overwhelming, and sometimes encouraged. Our surveillance state is here to stay. Effective counter measures are called for.

  7. You’ve been under the gaze of spy satellites for half a century and more.
    They’ve police been driving up and down the streets for decades.

    Now technology, as always, gives the cops a way to float 100 yards above the street, see everything, and record it permanently for later playback in UHD color.

    Whether it’s you sunbathing nude by the pool, growing a weed patch, or just putting in an unpermitted garden shed, you’re on candid camera 24/7/365.

    Hey, that’s a nice drone you’ve got. Be a shame if someone learned how to make a transmitter that could jam and overwhelm yours, crash your drone at will, fly it into trees and powerlines, or just turn the power off at altitude, wouldn’t it…?

    Then they start frequency-hopping.

    And thus are arms races born.

    Plan appropriately.