25-Jan-2013 Source: Orange County Sheriff
We are currently in a test phase of this Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS) platform and will not be using this UAS until we have appropriate permissions and have implemented training and guidelines.
The OCSO has no intention of using this technology to spy on the citizens of Orange County, but to have it as a tool, like many others to bring a dangerous and potentially deadly situation to a safe conclusion, such as for a barricaded suspect(s), chemical spill, bomb threat, a missing person or child.
We will continue to be responsive and maintain our community informed, there is no effort underway to spy or hide anything from our residents, but to use technology to quickly resolve an emergency response with no injury to our first responders, save lives, apprehend criminal suspect(s) and to return a neighborhood back to normalcy.
This short video has provided some insight into our intended use.