New Illinois Drone Law Empowers Police for Emergency Response


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CHICAGO, IL – Governor JB Pritzker has signed the Drones as First Responders Act into law, according to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

The act, which takes immediate effect, allows law enforcement agencies to use drones for various purposes. However, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board will investigate complaints regarding drone use, and if willful violations are confirmed, the agency may face restrictions on drone usage for up to three months per incident.

The act also includes provisions for the disclosure of drone usage records and requires parental notification prior to drone use near schools. Facial recognition is also prohibited from use with the drone, unless there is a reasonable suspicion that a felony is occurring or has occurred in the area.


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