The LA County Sheriff's department is taking a page from the military and sending unmanned drones over the streets of LA. These drones are much lighter and cost a lot less than military ones, and is only going to be used for looking for lost kids and hikers along with scouting for break-ins. Each drone will be $20,000 to $30,000, compared to a police helicopter, which goes up into the millions when you account for fuel, training, and maintenance.
Privacy proponents are concerned with the evidence gathered by the drone being used in subsequent trials, and whether they will violate any privacy rights. Either way, we think people would much prefer an eye in the sky solution than being roughed up by Vic Mackey.