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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Ind. Law - "Lake, Porter law enforcement remain grounded in use of drones"

From a story today in the Gary Post-Tribune - some quotes:

A new Indiana law became effective July 1, requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect evidence.

But there’s not much reason to think the law, or the need for a search warrant, will be an issue in Northwest Indiana any time soon.

None of more than half-dozen area police departments contacted by the Post-Tribune said it owned drones. And many added there was no plan to obtain one in the future.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich described the purchase of a drone “cost prohibitive” and said his department has “no plans in the future to purchase.”

In Porter County, spokesman Sgt. Larry LaFlower said, “Our department doesn’t have a drone and we currently have no plans of getting one.”

Not even the local FBI office has a unmanned aircraft to use for surveillance. “Nope,” FBI Special Supervisory Agent Robert Ramsey said. * * *

Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel noted that while drones may eventually become standard gear for law enforcement, he hopes police first establish protocol for their use. “They could be legitimately used over a scene,” he said, suggesting that a situation involving a SWAT team might benefit from an aerial view. “It’s inevitable, you see them at fairs now. Often the development of technology gets ahead of the usage, but I hope expect that before police utilize drones they would develop protocols.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 2, 2014 09:11 AM
Posted to Indiana Law