Brunswick council gets initially take a look at authorities policy on drone use

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BRUNSWICK– The Town Council got its very first appearance Tuesday night at a new Brunswick Authorities policy laying out when– and how– officers will use drones gotten through a Federal Railway Administration pilot program the town authorized in November.The program– the very first of its kind in the United States– will have officers patrolling areas of Brunswick’s railroad tracks with drones in order to spot trespassers. The gadget will be utilized just for detection and education, will be owned by the railway administration and will not be used to provide fines or other kinds of enforcement.”The initial problem of education and detection of trespassing was

set forth by the FRA,” Brunswick Patrol Leader Thomas Garrepy stated. He included that for the very first couple of years, the drone will not be utilized for any enforcement, which anyone found trespassing would be offered education on the threats of trespassing on rail lines.The policy information when officers will be enabled to utilize drones, and how the department can use drones after the initial pilot phase of the program is over. Garrepy stated he utilized information from other recognized policies– such as a Maine State Cops policy on drone usage– as a design for Brunswick’s. Particular elements of the policy brought questions from councilors. Recently elected Councilor James Mason in specific was concerned about whether

the policy did enough to make sure the privacy of homeowners. “It’s going to consist of the yards, the personal privacies of individuals who are going to be in this area, “Mason stated.”I’m just a little worried about that.

“Garrepy said that specifically for the first couple of years of the program, the drone is mostly going to be used only along the railway tracks. He included that while the policy allows for the setup of high-powered audio recording gadgets and electronic cameras, the department has”no intent “of acquiring or installing them due to cost.”We’re not going to be flying over other individuals’s property without a search warrant, I guarantee you that,” Garrepy said.The primary uses beyond railway monitoring

that Garrepy expects are crash reconstruction, an emergency scenario such as a search-and-rescue, or some other instance

where aerial photography would be helpful.The policy also information that anybody operating the drone will require FAA certification, and that” four to 6 “operators will be determined in the department through a competitive process.Garrepy anticipates the program to start

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