NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The NYPD announced earlier this week that it was launching drones to help fight crime and to conduct investigations, and not to fly over crowds. But on Wednesday, NYPD Chief of Dept. Terrence Monahan backtracked and said the drones would be utilized on New Year's Eve.
"There are cameras everywhere in the city. The drones, we'll only use them in specific instances," said Monahan during FOX 5 NY morning program, 'Good Day New York.'
The plan is to fly the drones for traffic and crowd control.
"If we put them up, this way we can monitor large crowds, traffic flow. But it would be on a tether like a long cable that will be directly attached to the drone. It's in one specific area that will be cordoned off. If it crashes down, it's going to crash down in an area where there is nobody," said Monahan.
The NYPD has said there would not be weaponization of any drone.
"We have a very strict policy on how this can be utilized. The only ones who can bring these things up are our 29 FAA certified pilots," said Monahan.
Video from the drones is stored for 30 days.
"At that point it's wiped clean unless it's needed for a prosecution," said Monahan.
The public can submit a FOIA request for the raw tape.