Nova Scotia RCMP to get drones | The Chronicle Herald
Police drones will soon be whirring through Nova Scotia’s skies.
The Nova Scotia RCMP is buying five unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. They’ve budgeted up to $165,000 for the purchase, or $33,000 apiece.
They will be outfitted with thermal cameras and a video camera that can stream live images back to the operator steering the drone with a remote control.
Drone use is regulated by Transport Canada. The RCMP is licensed to use drones for crash scene investigation, traffic accident reconstruction, search and rescue, major crimes investigations and emergency response team calls.
One privacy expert warns that drones could be used in intrusive ways, such as filming through a house window.
“They already do that with binoculars from one building to another,” said McInnes Cooper lawyer David Fraser.
“There really are very few limits on what law enforcement can do with respect to tracking, particularly in places that are publicly visible.”
Fraser said drones have many helpful uses, such as flying over a forest with infrared cameras to track down someone who is lost.
But he said people might have concerns about drones with infrared cameras flying over neighbourhoods looking for marijuana grow-ops, which give off heat.
“When it comes to law enforcement using drones I think we need a much better discussion an