Chula Vista, the second largest city in San Diego, is participating in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, where selected cities can test unmanned technologies with loosened regulations to advance the industry. The drones will provide real-time aerial footage and feed to both first responders on the scene and to the command center.
According to the Chula Vista Police Department, it typically takes up to six minutes for police officers to respond to 911 calls, a drone can do it in less than two minutes. Another advantage is that drones offer bird’s-eye view of inaccessible areas. Critics, however, are raising privacy concerns calling surveillance technology invasive. We look at what the pilot program is offering and what are its limitations.
Phil Collum, police captain at the Chula Vista Police Department, where the drone pilot program is being implemented
Jesse Gipe, senior economic development manager for the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, which partnered with the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista in their joint application to participate in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program
Hamid Khan, organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a watchdog group that studies police surveillance