The city council of Fairbanks, Alaska, has given the green light for the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) to apply for an approximately $32,000 grant covering the purchase of new equipment and technology, including an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and cloud-based storage.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the vote came to 5-1, with the one nay coming from a councilman who said he is “not comfortable with UAS” and is concerned about the potential cost of maintenance and damage to the aircraft. With the approval of the city council, the FPD will now apply for the grant through the U.S. Department of Justice.
At the council meeting, the deputy police chief stressed that the $7,000 UAS would not be used as a weapon or as a surveillance tool and would be operated under to-be-developed policies, the report says.
The full Fairbanks Daily News-Miner coverage can be found here.