Dade Cops Waiting To Get Crime Fighting Drone Airborne

MIAMI (CBS4) – Miami-Dade’s newest crime fighting tool is a literal ‘eye in the sky’.

The Micro Air Vehicle, or MAV for short, is a small radio controlled drone aircraft equipped with a portable camera system. Miami-Dade Sgt. Andrew Cohen said drone will be used to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers.


“If an SRT (Special Response Team) has to go into an area they don’t know what’s there, we don’t know what is in the backyard,” said Cohen, “They want to know if there are dogs in the backyard, if there is a shed, things that could be a threat to us.”

The MAV is used by the military to scan dangerous areas before troops are sent in. Miami-Dade police used a $50,000 grant to buy one, but not everyone is happy with the purchase.

“What happens when they fly over backyards and they see something without a warrant that they want to take against,” said ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon.

Police admit the MAV, if flown low enough, has the ability to look into people’s home, but that is not its intended purpose.

“If this thing is deployed, it’s only going to be used in situations where we already have an ongoing police scene,” said Cohen. “They are going to know we are there because we will have tactical teams, SRT teams, we’re going to have a perimeter, it’s going to be secure.”

Meanwhile the police department is awaiting approval from the FAA before they can use the MAV. They have submitted the application, but the approval process can take up to six months.

  • Rich M

    you can buy a similar product now for $299 called the AR Drone has front and bottom cameras and you fly it with an ipad or iphone with the video streaming back to it. You can even buy aftermarket platform that lets you record

    • tom

      ya but when you are a government agency whats the differnce between 299 0r 50k?

    • Fred for Freedom

      My new market for the consumer is an EMP gun. Aim and disable snoopers and thus protect one’s prvacy.
      Will work on cellphones and robo-snoops as well.

      • w000t

        Which, in turn, will open up a new market for EMP-shielded flying spybots.

      • va.hillbilly

        hit it wide open fred

    • ExSophus

      The iPhone Remote/Controlled AR Drone is just ONE of multiple R/C video camera-equippable helicopter-like drones you can buy off the shelf. Prices range from under $500 to $15,000 depending on weight carrying ability, range of control, range of video, etc.

      You can get a very nice relatively long-range (say, 1/4 mile or so) hobbyist-grade R/C heli-drone for under $1000. Certainly good enough for close-in video work. You can also upgrade to night-vision capable optics.

      I’ve seen people fly these around the neighborhood. They’re fairly easy for just about anyone to learn to control, although I’m sure a government employee would have a total union-approved compensation package of over $100,000 per year to do this. Probably gets a little more added to base salary because he/she will have the added training module in his resume’. Then of course there’s overtime, double-overtime, and triple-overtime for off-hours operation.

      • Ken

        You got that right!!!!!!!!

      • Battlespeed

        Yup. I have absolutely no problems with them using this type of technology. What I object to is that they obviously did not look at all of the (much) less expensive and yet highly capable alternatives, like the Draganfly UAVs, which have a very professional video platform for $10-20K.


      Where can you buy this?

      • MinniePearlJam

        Brookstone has the AR Drone.

      • Melissa C

        Well that’s sketchy…

    • Dumme Ammed

      neat idea but the range is less that 25 feet


    I think that is great .

    • Dunnyveg

      Sweet, those willing to sacrifice liberty for security will lose both and deserve neither. Don’t you really think you’d be happier in a country that already has no freedoms instead of taking ours?

      • Battlespeed

        Typical misapplication of Benjamin Franklin’s words and intent. This old saw gets trotted out and abused every time someone who was only half-awake during history class wants to object to some surveillance activity by the government, which was NOT the context in which Franklin uttered these words.

      • bestinaz

        Amen brother

      • corry5

        nicely stated

      • jimmy

        no. i like the fact that we can catch more mexicans and muslims so we can get RID of the mexican menace and the muslim menace

      • sherrie

        Excellent comment Dunnyveg, it is amazing just how many are willing to lose their liberty. I don’t know if it is naivety or just plain ignorance but i do know it is incredibly sad.

      • Eich

        great comment Dunnyveg…….in the revolutionary war of 1776, a very small minority of eligible men/patriots came out early to help Washington. Only after defeating the Hessians following crossing the Delaware did 15,000 “fair weather” men come out to fight. You and I Dunnyveg are not fair weather patriots!

      • edcoil

        My guess came from one and likes to duplicate failure.

      • mike t

        If we dont stop this now we will regret it. A police state is the worst type of country to live in. DO we need a revolution to stop these overreaching bandits and thugs posing as police?

      • David

        Absolutely correct. America, Land of the Debt Slaves, and Home of the BENT-KNEE.

      • Londres

        I am afraid that is the case.

      • JoeQPublic

        Nothing a 30-30 round can’t fix. I don’t see any armor on it.

      • Clark Nova

        Correct. No armor at all. I’d use a 30.06 though. Anything that can kill a lawnmower will bring this sucker down. So will a stiff crosswind.

      • david

        Without security you don’t have life itself live with liberty. And if it was you or your kid being held hostage you’d damn well want this drone to do anything it can possibly do.

      • jim


    • stockholmer

      Did I miss the sarcasm in your “great”?

      If not, you are truly one of the sheep who enables fascism and a police state to enforce it.

      “How we burned int the prison camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every police operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive? If during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever was at hand? The organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt.”

      “If… if… We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure!… We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

      – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

      • mjazz

        Here we are spending ourselves out of existence, and allowing terrorists to cross the border into the country. The mainstream media and the administration is pretending that Islam is not a threat. Any one who tries to bring attention to the fact that our very existence is in danger is dismissed as unbalanced. We appear to be making the same mistake they did.

      • MorganGray

        JoeQ & Clark… I’d go with a 12 gauge and #4 buck. The thing is tiny, and would be hard to hit with a rifle.

      • John




      • Jeremiah

        Jimmy thinks Mexicans and Muslims are a menace, but what do you call a Jimmy menace? Jimenez (when I read this, I can’t help but hear it in the voice of Jimmy the 3rd person talker from Seinfeld)

    • Buddy

      Miami-Dade County is discusting….truly one of the worst places in America to live, as I’ve mentioned all over the globe..don’t move to Miami, you will soon regret it! ! It is a foreign country within the USA. The MP of UK and Chancellor of Germany and others “belately” came to the conculsion that multi-culturalism does NOT work. It does NOT work in Miami and this 50 year experiemnt has utlerly “failed”. The hispanic majority in Miami-Dade does NOT want to assimilate into the American culture “nver-has-never-will”. The hispanic majoritys OUTRAGEOUS DISCIMINATION against the native-white American and black-American minorities is shocking ! I’ve oftened wondered why in all these years no US Attorney General or Us Justice Dept. officials have not done an investigation into the situation here…in the courts, school board, policeand corupt local politcains. THE CULTURE AND ATTITUDES are not American but of their home countries machismo-culture of domination, humiliation and degradation to name a few…and now machines that see in your least it let’s the cops off long enough to fool around with their girlfriends (typical behaviour) while they shoudl be working. Oh well and so the world turns.

    • Skip Cook

      you think it is great?? How disgusting. Where did you leave your leash? The mind numbing willingness for people to be treated like cattle in the land of the free and home of the brave.

  • Kris

    Damn Government spying on the American people…. Invasion of privacy…WAKE UP AMERICA

    • AJ White

      Oh yes, damn them, damn them: they killed Kenny!

      • FED up (get it)

        @AJ you’re right! I don’t mind anyone inviting my personal privacy, the government would never abuse us, like grabbing your crotch at an airport or subway… you dolt

    • Denizio

      If your not a criminal what do you have to worry about?

      • Karen

        Famous last words Denizio. We’ll see how you feel when they’re pulling YOU over for no reason just to use a portable fingerprint scanner on you, or when they’re sending a drone to peek in at you in the shower. You should bookmark this page and come back to tell us that you ‘had nothing to hide’

      • old white guy

        the if you are not a criminal line has been used by many to justify the reduction of freedom for many. i say you are not free unless you have the ability to destroy such intrusion on your freedom.

      • Ursus Indomitus

        Don’t be stupid. How would you like ME snooping everything you do?

      • none@none

        Your such a rube. I am entilted to my prviacy over your safety bub!
        You would flush all your freedoms away for nothing.

      • rt elms

        If I’m not a criminal, why would the government be looking in my house?

      • Jason W Gramling

        Duhhh!!! Your 4th Amendment Right

      • Don

        Oh I don’t know….a misinterpretation on something like pulling out a bag of catnip for my cat and then suddenly getting raided for suspected pot possession, or maybe slow destruction of the U.S. Constitution…..use your imagination.

      • MusicCityDawg

        The criminal intent of crooked Police Officers.

      • longlivethomasjefferson

        so how would you feel if some police office was popping by your windows snooping around ? youre not a criminal… you dont have anything to hide… so does that make it right? how would you feel about that if you saw a black and white looking in your window? are you comfy? does it make you feel warm and fuzzy inside?

      • Larry

        This is the dumbest comment I have ever heard of, you really think it is ok for the government to spy on its citizens without a warrant? I bet you think the constitution is outdated and needs to be re-written.

      • Dutch

        What are YOU hiding that you have to close your curtains at night? What sort of materials are YOU sending through the mail that requires you to seal the envelope?

      • Tony the Tiger

        Denezio these things are put to to make people criminals. We have more jailed per capita than any country in the world. They are not going for criminals…now everyone is a potential terrorist.Though police are here.

      • Edward Sonner

        That is the question the Fascists and Nazis asked. When they make almost everything against the law…we will all be criminals. What do you think the Fourth Ammendment is all about?

      • James Dean

        When they came for….
        I wasn’t ….. so I said nothing.
        When they came for…..
        I wasn’t ….. so I said nothing.
        When they came for me, there was no one left to give a damn.
        Hopefully, sir; you really do have a brain and are just making dumb conversation.

      • Tyranny

        People like you that are willing to give up your liberty, thats what what Iam afraid of.

      • trezmala

        LOTS, maybe for the simple fact that they want to make backyard gardens illegal, or the fact that it’s none of their business to be looking into ones house or backyard WITHOUT a warrant, also the simple fact that the gov proposes new laws every year, so you could be in violation of a so called law without ever even knowing, and all they have to say is, ” we saw something while checking out another situation ”

        this is classic, incrementalism, the always unintended consequence , it needs to be thwarted before it becomes common place and the USA becomes a full blown police state.

        why aren’t they protecting the borders? why are they trying to spy on tax paying americans? using our tax money to do so….. we’re being forced to play for our enslavement and like it.

        this is sad……… and only going to get worse until WE the People stand up for our freedoms, governments don’t make or keep you safe, it’s up to the individual and your immediate community of LIKE MINDED people.

      • Alberto Einstein

        it’s spelled you’re not your and your an idiot.

      • Madizum

        your an idiot

      • Alberto Einstein

        my reply was to whoever wrote “if your not a criminal why worry about it?” I thought my reply would post underneath that brilliant analysis, not down here at the bottom of the page.

      • Matt

        Well I can worry about them flying over my house and seeing me naked in the shower. We can worry about them possibly using it for personal use to spy on a spuose. We can worry about the constituional right of a person and their property being secure from unreasonable and unwarranted searches (which has already been stepped on) being violated with greater ease. I can think of quite a few reasons beyond this. There is a reason we limit the athourity and ability of the police to gather intel on citizens, cause they are just like us and when given an inch of leway they quickly want a mile.

      • LT

        you dont have to be a criminal to want and understand that you have a right to privacy!

      • Greg Z

        DENIZIO, YOU ARE AN IDIOT. that is the dumbest response I have ever heard. Crooked cops knowing if you are home and what you have in your house!! Stupid cops mistaking something thats legal for something illegal and busting into your house. People who have different political veiws, or any million other reasons could be spied on. I don’t break the law, and I don’t want anyone, ANYONE, ESPECIALLY THE GOVERNMENT SPYING ON MY FAMILY!!! Our Founding Fathers hated government and specifically said it was a necessary EVIL. This is a country where we are innocent until proven guilty. The police have no reason to look in anyone’s house!!!!!!!!!!!



      • Jeff19191928918

        The Government barely has enough people to track criminals, they are not concerned with law abiding citizens. Even if Law Enforcement happen to see something, and hopefully act on criminal behavior coming a crossed it by chance, it would be no different than a citizen reporting it.

      • Cowboy

        But the government has about as much leeway as it wants to call whoever it wants a potential criminal.

    • Gabriel

      It must be the will of the voters in Dade Co. If they don’t like it
      they can fire any elected official who refuses to end this, next election.
      If they don’t, it must not bother them that much. The voters are not
      without recourse.

      • Joe


        I’m not sure if you had any civic lessons as a child, but this country was not build on mob rule. We have established that we have some inalienable rights that are derived from God and that no man, nor ignorant mob, can take away from us. One of these is the right to be secure in your papers, aka not have your home invaded by the government. The Fore Fathers were smart enough to recognize that such things may “not bother them that much” and that is why we are protected from them and the cheerleaders of the menace of democracy, like you.

      • DuckShoot

        speaking of firing…I wonder if a sharpshooter could disable this craft with a couple of well placed rounds from the shadows

    • rotorhead

      OMG, do you guys live under a rock? Ever heard of FLIR? Google it. Spy satellites maybe? This stuff has been around for years. Maybe a black helicopter is over your house now lol.

    • Fanny Forbes Franklen

      “The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.” – Joseph Mengele

    • michael

      lol watching stupid sitcom’s on the tele worring about cindy lohan now charlie sheen just where the globalists want you wake up ppl

    • renne

      OMG this is just gone too dang far it is high time we as US legal cicitzens to back the Governemnt the hell up it all started with Bill Clinton and his right hand man Janet Reno and her invading peoples homes and compounds and killing people . It most likely started earlier but that is the most recent to me and she used every aspect of the Govenment at her disposal to do what she wanted to harm American citizens remeber that little cubana kid it was so scarey even for me and I had nothing to do with it I was just watching the whole thing on TV . This has got to stop and people of Florida vote these people out of office or tell them if they do this they will be out of office.

    • Mike

      “Privacy” only counts if you’re getting an abortion.

  • JJ

    Police state. The United States has become a police state all the way down to zero tolerance in the class room.

    It is by design

    • KeepUp

      It is only zero tolerance in the class room for weapons or drugs. Bad behavior, lack of manners and plain laziness is the norm. Motivate, explain, demonstrate, experiment, lecture and entertain – no matter how you do it the students could care less. These sesame street generations wants to be entertained on demand and compensated for little to no work or effort.

      • Alex

        No sir it is not only weapons or drugs. For instance at the school my mother teaches at a kid was EXPELLED in kindergarden for bringing in a lego who had a toy gun in his hand. Now the kid is in “alternative” school for the rest of his elementry career, for a lego…

        These things are everywhere, our police are no longer police they are paramilitary thug squads. Why do they need the same weapons used in Iraq? Why does each cop need a 9mm glock, a remington 870 12 gauge, and a automatic AR-15. Why do they need to be able to fire up to 50 rounds without having to reload a gun? Are we to believe the cities in the U.S. are as dangerous as Iraq? Cops used to just carry .38 specials with 6 rounds…whatever happened to police keeping the peace? Why do cops need backscatter vans that can see into every car, every house, through clothing etc. If I was a woman I would be completely opposed to it all simply because I wouldnt want the sick pieces of human excrement that become cops looking at me with their porno scanners. Why do towns with 8,000 people need swat teams with literal tanks? This country is not that dangerous, in fact from 1995-2005 3200 people were killed by the “Terrorists” these cops are claiming to be protecting us from. During that same period 3,900 people were killed by cops in non-righteous situations (by that I mean the individuals were not endagering the lives of the cops in anyway). You are WAY WAY WAY more likely to be murdered by Cop in this country than by terrorist. Also google cops 5 times more likely to murder than regular citizens. An article was written a few days ago that looked into stats, and its absolutely true. You are 5 times more likely to be murdered by Cop than the people they claim to be protecting you from. Look it up do your research…

    • AJ White

      Black your windows and build roofs over your yards! We have an expectation of privacy EVERYWHERE!

      • Wes

        AJWhite, is it? You don’t represent or speak on any other individual’s Rights. So, what is your point?

      • none

        Agree with you 100%

    • Jack Nichols

      got that right

    • NowYouKnow

      This happens with a black Democrat in the White House? No way!
      “Zero tolerance” of what JJ?

  • Dee

    More taxpayer money being used against the people.

  • JBK

    Well I hope if there is something going on in a dwelling that they will use this to peek in windows before sending the police in. Might save a life.


    • Kris

      Its what they get paid for..Your tax dollars

    • jim

      those who give up liberty for a little security,deservr neither.

  • Eyeinsky

    The only people who don’t like this are the criminals.

    • Alanzo2

      Spoken like a good police state citizen.

    • John

      Wrong! I am not a criminal…I am a retired military officer. These are an afront to our liberty.

      • Kilroi1

        12 gauge ougt to work nicely on their $50,000 helicopter

      • Pierre

        Thats what birdshot is for! ;)

    • Pags

      Eyeinsky said – “The only people who don’t like this are the criminals.”

      That’s how it starts – “in the best interest of the public” then where does it lead to???? That is what us non criminals are afraid of.

      That is like saying go ahead and take away the second amendment because I do not own a gun. It is nearsighted and dangerous.

    • jd

      Yeah? I hope you are as understanding if TPTB suspect you of wrong doing and decide to spy on you. I can’t believe that anyone wouldn’t feel like his rights were violated.

    • chuckd

      People who say the only people who don’t like this are criminals exhibit the kind of dim thinking that allows police states to get afoothold. I beg that you study wht happened in Germany in the 30’s and 40’s. Look at the “crimes” that were enacted in that regime that made regular people criminals.

    • Guest

      Criminal is in the eye of the beholder. Stalin labeled those who didn’t do as he ordered to be criminals. Yes, we are all criminals in the eyes of this government and I, for one, only regret that I have one life to lose for my country.”

  • Riquin

    If they publish the flying schedule we then will be able to moon it.

  • Amayzen Dotcom

    Welcome the new thirdworld hellhole – USA

  • Twodogs257

    “The MAV is used by the military to scan dangerous areas before troops are sent in.”

    Since when do Police need to be equipped like the Military?

    • Tony

      Your question: Since when do Police need to be equipped like the Military?
      Answer: When the criminals have AK47’s. Like TODAY

      • Kestrel

        The criminals have always had access to automatic weapons. In fact, 50 years ago they had easy access to crew served weapons, BARs, and artilleriy. Not so today. However, our police never had to be routinley equiped like the military except in our most recent history. Do you think they may be preparing for something other than keeping the peace?

  • Pags

    Anyone who is okay with this needs to have their head examined. It wont be long before they start using this to catch crime in the act, then potential crime, then just plain old spying on american citizens.

    WAKE UP is Right!!!!!!!!!

  • Scott

    4th amendment….going…..going…..going……gone!

  • Johnny Boo

    I wonder how long it will fly before somebody does a little bird hunting.

    • Fiero2000

      Just what I was thinkink! Wonder if you’ll be able to call “pull one” or “pull two” Going to be some mighty expensive skeet shooting!

    • mkr

      exactly what I was thinking. Wait 50 junkyard trash

  • JJGH

    Who are the criminals now with radical feminist Nepalitano and black liberation cult theology adherents Holder and Obama at the top? Patriotic conservative Christians, tea party people, traditionalists, and Republicans?

  • fdfdf

    Obama watching you have sex

  • The Reality Tsar

    If something is in a yard, no matter how high your fence, helicopters and small plance can see it. People next door can probably see it. Most courts would find that to be in the realm of Plain Sight and therefore not even a search. ACLU guy probably knows that but is trying to misinform the people.

    I’d be more concerned if they have it orbitting high-rises and looking in windows.
    If they do not do that I see no 4th Amendment issue.

    • ExSophus

      So can they using binoculars to enhance their “view”? What if they instead use zoom lenses? If 2X magnification is 25X ok? How about 100X?

      How about using thermal imaging?

      Can they use night-vision? After all, your yard may not be “visible from a plane” at night unless they use night-vision.

      Backscatter x-ray imaging? (similar to the airport “nude” scanners (now subsequently being deployed at train/bus stations and even mobile vans on roadways. Imagine that…they expanded the usage.))

      What about ground-penetrating (and building-penetrating) radar?

      By your statement, simply because it’s accessible from some position means that it’s OK to “view” it. They’re using a video camera instead of their eyes, so it’s “fair” to use other vision enhancing technologies, right?

      Where does it stop? Who decides if and where it stops? What if any oversight is or will be in place? How effective will it be? etc. etc.

    • Kestrel

      If you have a 6 or 8 foot fence then you expect privacy in your backyard — Especially, if you do not have other buildings that allow viewing over your fence. However, an easy way to stop this nonsense is to string high strength monofilament line at different levels (over 8 feet high) around your yard or set up mist nets. They are almost invisible and will serve the purpose .. many people use this technique to keep birds away from their pools and patios — It will do the same with the MAV. Let’s see if the police start using these things as a routine rather than an exception. If it can be abused by the police – it will.

      • mlr

        microwave it no one will know the better

  • j

    U.S. government is owned by the people who are following out the protocols of zion aka the real terrorists.

    “Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies”

  • Tyler

    Step 1: appear innocuous to all but “criminals” or rationalize in any way necessary to establish a foothold
    Step 2: neuter dissent through lip service law or engineer an external threat
    Step 3: if step #2 does not work attack via false flag
    Step 4: raise the stakes repadting step 1 – 3 over and over again

  • Howard

    sorry hank but as a gun owner and an NRA member but you sound like you need some meds. please lock yourself in a padded room.

    • Charlie, NRA LIFE MEMBER

      Uh, sorry Howard….you must have been asleep when firearms were confiscated after the hurricane passed thru NO ‘eh?

    • none

      Your a zombie Howard. Your going to get a rude awakening very soon from the police state that installed itself right under your nose. YOU DESERVER EVERTHING THATS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU!!

    • jennyburger

      You’re the one in need of some SEVERE deprogramming!!! PROVE HIM WRONG! Problem is…you CAN’T! It’s people like you who keep America locked in a prison-planet! He left a link for you…so, go…take a step into the rabbit-hole! Moron!

  • Juan Migel

    Ohh lord we are becoming a nazi republican police just like israhell.

    • TheBruce

      No, Juan, it appears the Democrat controlled Dade is becoming the police state.


    THE GOVERNMINT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Walt

    You may not be doing anything against the law now. But, wait until they pass a law you don’t want to follow. For example, no meat to be prepared or eaten on Mondays, no more than one car per person in a household, no more than two persons to a bedroom. Does that sound far fetched? Then you haven’t been paying attention.



  • Jose

    I am moving to Cuba..Damn Police state.

    • luis

      please do. if you think we live in a police state now, go to cuba, where they openly welcome you to post asinine complaints about the government on a public forum.

      Ask to visit el paredon.

  • Kuerno

    How would a bright green laser effect the cameras? I imagine the see through-houses gear is RF. What would the focused RF from a microwave oven do?


      >What would the focused RF from a microwave oven do?


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