That North Dakota House bill to restrict law enforcement's use of drones is
now in the State Senate.
Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild thinks the bill's unnecessary. Wild says
law enforcement uses drones for specific purposes, not to invade privacy. Wild tells
KXPO the drones are used to enhance officer safety, search and rescue. This bill
would take away a very effective and cost-effective tool. Wild says he could rent a
plane but that'd cost 80-to-100-dollars per hour to perform criminal intell or search
and rescue and those types of operations.
Wild says he's had to use a drone once but he won't elaborate on the
Wild says law enforcent has not misused drones and won't in the future.
A key part of House Bill 1373 requires law enforcement to get a search
warrant before employing the drone. Wild asks "why?" Wild says a drone is an
intelligence gathering tool to help law enforcement conduct an investigation. He
says by the time a search warrant is needed, there's already enough information
onhand to execute it without needed a drone. The drone's needed to do the
criminal information gathering.
Wild says the North Dakota Sheriff's Association opposes the bill.
He'd like to see the bill defeated.