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Letter Of The Day:Drone policy needed

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 2:00 AM
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Ferguson, the divisional commander for Area One, getting himself familiar with The Gleaner's drone, which was used to demonstrate the capacity of drone technology in crime-fighting.

Drone policy needed

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is good to see that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is adapting to the changes in technology through the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAE), commonly called drones, in St James.

So far, more than 70 people have been murdered and more than 13 illegal firearms recovered since the start of the year in the said parish. It is my firm belief that the introduction of these drones will aid in the reduction of criminal activity, if monitored properly.

It is important to highlight that drones raise serious concerns with respect to privacy as well as safety for citizens on the ground. Because of their capabilities, it is said that an individual's right to privacy cannot be guaranteed and has prompted debates in several countries including the United States. Drones are also frequently involved in accidents, resulting in damage to property.

While I support the use of drones to help in the fight against crime, there needs to be a policy in place to ensure the safety and rights of all Jamaicans.

SHEMAR BARNES

shem_scb@yahoo.com