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    High-Tech Drones Joining Miami Police Force November 30, 2007 ¡¤ No Comments Honeywell MAV currently deployed in IRAQ Unmanned Aircraft System Will Help SWAT
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      High-Tech Drones Joining Miami Police Force
      November 30, 2007 ¡¤ No Comments


      Honeywell MAV currently deployed in IRAQ


      Unmanned Aircraft System Will Help SWAT Units

      Local10.com | Nov 27, 2007



      MIAMI ¡ª The Miami-Dade police department will begin experimenting
      with high-tech drones as law enforcement tools beginning next year.


      Although the military has been using unmanned aircraft systems for
      years, this will be the first time they are used in law enforcement.


      ¡°We are aware it is a great responsibility. The FAA is looking at us
      to see if we can professionally manage this program,¡± said Lt. Cliff
      Nelson of the police department¡¯s aviation unit.

      The flying camera is called a Micro Air Vehicle made by Honeywell. The
      MAV is remote controlled, unarmed and unmanned and can soar over
      10,000 feet.

      Miami-Dade police said only licensed pilots with the aviation unit
      will operate the devices because the airspace in the county is so busy.

      Only the Miami-Dade police department and the Houston police
      department were given permission by the FAA to experiment with the drones.


      ¡°The capability of the unit is phenomenal,¡± said Miami-Dade
      Detective Juan Villalba.

      The unmanned aircraft will be used during SWAT team and tactical
      operations, especially when officers need video of a heavily armed
      suspect.

      The Miami-Dade police department has not yet taken possession on its
      drone, but the Houston police department has and is already conducting
      tests.


      Miami-Dade hopes to use grant money to pay for the MAV. Officials said
      the units are pricey. Depending on the complexity of the system, they
      can cost several thousand dollars to more than a million.

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