Drones equipped with jammers….brilliant.
OK, so I’ve been thinking about this as well — and I think the way to keep these things out of the hands of our local police agencies is to make a very LARGE hue and cry over the ultimate loss of personnel this will cause. After all, if there are drones patrolling the skies, what need is there for actual police on the ground? A smaller force can be detailed to respond directly to an area where a crime was committed after the fact; there’s no need for actual in-person patrols when the drones can be deployed in place of people to detect crime. Do we really want drones instead of personnel?
The same can be said of drones being used by other county/city agencies: why should they, ultimately, employ people to go and check for code violations, say, when they can simply fly a drone over properties and very poorly pay someone to look at the pictures to find them? Then they too can send out a small force targeted at violators. Wouldn’t you rather have people being paid than drones?
The upshot is that if our tax dollars are going toward anything, it should be toward PEOPLE, not drones. The use of drones will always and ultimately lead to job loss, or the replacement of better paid and trained people with lower paid and poorly trained drone masters. Which will always and ultimately lead to more unemployment/underemployment and a poorer economic outlook for one’s own community.