DroneCop: The Future of Police in the Sky

A gang of thieves just robbed a bank and are driving recklessly through the city in a getaway car. The police are too late and the thieves got away with million dollars in cash and jewels. Surveillance cameras capture their escape. A drone police pilot dispatches a drone cop, and it takes off immediately. The aerial vehicle is in hot pursuit of the thieves and catches up to them after just a few minutes.

The drone cop shoots an electromagnetic beam at the car assigning control of the computer on board to the pilot. The police pilot is now in control of the vehicle and pulls it over as the drone cop hovers above. The police pilot is now speaking through the drone cop speaker, “Please exit the vehicle with your hands behind your heads. You are under arrest for bank robbery.”

Of course the thieves don’t listen and try to run away. The drone cop swoops in and fires electric bullets at each of them containing 10,000 volts of electricity, which disables them long enough for human police officers to arrive and arrest them properly. All the while, the drone captures HD video, live for the police (and the public) to see.

Imagine if this was a reality. Imagine if between surveillance cameras, drone cops, and other technologies, we could rid crime from our streets once and for all. Well it’s definitely possible, if everybody would work together on an initiative such as this one. Every day, the news talks about people getting robbed, sexually assaulted or killed on public streets. If only there surveillance cameras worked in conjunction with surveillance drones (drone cops), flying above to constantly monitor for crime. We could potentially prevent murders and robberies from happening on a regular basis.

I’m sure the media will have a field day regarding privacy. But what is better, your privacy? Or your safety?

In an age where The Avengers and Superman are always there to save the day (in the movies), we have real technologies at our fingertips that could truly be our superheroes.

The question remains: Why don’t we use them? Only time will tell.

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Jason Sherman

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