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    The Miami-Dade police department should soon be up and flying, while the Mayor of Ogden, Utah has floated a blimp idea. Still, unmanned drone use among U.S. law enforcement remains rare. That may soon change.

    The Washington Post reports that by 2013, the FAA expects to have new rules in place to allow police departments to fly lightweight, unmanned drones up to 400 feet in the air.

    For now, the few departments that own drones have to apply for emergency authorization to use them, and have only used them for training or in unpopulated areas. (Though, as TPM reported earlier this month, Miami-Dade is close to obtaining authorization to use their drones in city operations.) As of December 1, 2010, the FAA counted 270 active authorizations for drone use, about half of which were held by the Defense Department, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security, which flies Predator drones along the borders. Other drone users include the FBI, manufacturers, academic institutions and the Texas Department of Public Safety. In addition to Miami-Dade, police departments and sheriff's offices in Queen Anne's County, Maryland and Mesa County, Colorado have flown drones.

    Gotta keep those prisons filled up somehow!

    "Land of The Free", my ass.

    This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

    by Snud on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 11:46:16 AM PST

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