Local police in North Dakota could soon be the first in the country to arm drones with nonlethal weapons, including Tasers and tear gas. It could happen in North Dakota. Government data shows that their use by local law enforcement is still in its infancy, but drones are increasingly being touted as tools for emergency response and surveillance.
- For example, the bill requires law enforcement to secure a warrant if they want to use surveillance drones to gather evidence in a criminal investigation.
- North Dakota’s legislature passed a bill in April originally designed to put limits on police use of drones.
- The University of North Dakota even offers a major in unmanned aircraft systems operations.