Have you seen the drones that flap 'wings', look like a bird, so go
unnoticed? wonder if they'll go after one of those?
It is my understanding that the City of San Jose, California very
proudly added to their tools for crowd control, low frequency
vibration equipment !! Although deemed 'safe', like a stun gun, there
is a potential for lethality.
More importantly, why does the city of San Jose need crowd control?!
the most docile city, the city most accepting of c*** in the world?
Just WHAT is govt planning to shove down our throats next?
It would help to set your hatred of the US aside and think objectively.
You do know that big cities already have aerial observation platforms in
the form of much more expensive to operate helicopters? If you were
trying to be prudent with tax dollars do you think accomplishing many of
those missions with less expensive equipment would be a good thing?
Careful, HomeGuy could be the infamous Canadian foot chopper! (-:
In addition, they make less of a mess when they fall out of the sky and land
on something. It's a win/win situation. You don't lose a pilot/co-pilot,
you don't lose a million dollar chopper and you don't get sued by the
survivors or relatives of people crushed in a crash. Police departments
will still need choppers in large cities for tasks that can't be done by
drones. I don't think drones can support "night sun" floodlights or carry
sharpshooters or canine units, but I'm sure they'll have their uses. If I
know cops, within months they'll have a accurate database of every
attractive nude roof sunbather in the area.
It would help if you didn't equate objective criticism with hatred. I
know that's hard for an American to do when the citicism is about you,
because your shit never stinks now does it?
Anything that really requires a manned police helicopter will never be
done by this drone.
What this drone will do are things that are non-emergency in nature and
I bet it will spend 99% of the time on the ground, and the police force
in question will continue to operate it's helicopter and pay it's pilot
his full wage.
Do you really believe the existing police helicopter has been sold off,
and the pilot's employment terminated?
If it finds one lost kid in the vase TX landscape before he
starves/freezes/is eaten by rabid feral hogs, it's paid for itself. If
it avoids a crash of a full sized heli with crew when surveying one of
the many large grass/wildfires that occur in TX it's paid for itself.
Sounds outragious unless you actually bother to look into the details
and the alternatives. Montgomery County is a rather large heavily
wooded county. The alternatives for police would be to put a multi-
million dollar helicopter into the air manned by an officer using a
lot of very expensive fuel. The drone can be operated for hours for
less cost than getting a manned helicopter into the air. There should
be a substantial savings to the taxpayers of Montgomery county over
the life of that drone.
Yep, spotting evac. routes, hot-spots (FLIR cams.), stranded folks, car
accident victims, gang surveillance. For the price of 1 regular helo
(Plus 2 crew) they can have a dozen of these. It also floods quite a
bit in Montgomery County (not this year by a mile!). These would be
great for spotting flash flood victims (maybe even dropping a line with
a life preserver). Its also in hurricane alley.
"I don't like to discriminate against terrorists based on nationality.
If you declare war on the United States and you want to kill us,
Well, the needs of Montgomery County are not great. It's mostly rural and
the largest town is Conroe, Texas (pop 37,000). There are only 55,000 people
in the whole county.
So, if you're the government of the county, and are blessed with
$142,000,000 (or whatever) of free federal money, you've got to find
SOMETHING to spend it on.
I remember listening to a radio call from the Harris County Sheriff's Office
(SO) car to the Montgomery county dispatcher.
"Montgomery county SO, Harris County 53"
"Harris County 53, go ahead"
"I am in pursuit of a fast mover approaching the river bridge on Interstate
45. Speeds in excess of 120"
"Harris County 53, SLOW IT DOWN, boy, he ain't gonna make the curve!"
(one minute passes)
"Montgomery county, Harris County 53. My suspect has TAed. He's about 200
feet into a plowed field."
"Harris county 53. I done told ya he would. I've got wreckers, an ambulance,
and one of my units enroute. Have a nice day."
Well, maybe you had to be there...
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