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Brunswick County Sheriff lobbies for law enforcement drone use

BOLIVIA, NC (StarNews)– In a letter to state lawmakers, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram on Monday said he sees great potential for unmanned aircraft – commonly known as drones – in assisting the county in search and rescue operations, patrol of the waterways, marijuana busts and hostage situations.

He urged lawmakers to consider regulations “related to the safe operation of such technology” while cautioning against legislating privacy matters, saying that application of constitutional protections is the courts’ jurisdiction.

Ingram’s letter was to members of the state House Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which met for its second of four scheduled meetings Monday.

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