Tijuana’s Drone 9-1-1 Squad

Pretty soon, when a resident of Tijuana Baja California, calls the police, the first responder might not be a man or woman wearing the Department of Public Safety’s midnight-blue uniform.

It might be a drone. And that could cause some people to worry.

Tijuana, a city of 1.3 million people just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, announced in late May that it had hired California tech firm Cape to help it operate two small quadcopter-style drones from the city’s police headquarters.

If the experiences of other cities are any indication, the Tijuana police-drones could chase fleeing suspects and use their cameras to gather evidence, among other law-enforcement duties.

Most importantly, they could get to the source of a call quicker than a patrol car.

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