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Long Island Police To Use Drones At Jones Beach Fireworks Display

July 03, 2019 - 4:09 pm

JONES BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Long Island officials on Wednesday unveiled a new fleet of drones that will be used to monitor crowds during the annual fireworks display at Jones Beach on Independence Day.

In addition to security on the ground, police will have a brand new fleet of high-tech drones to watch over the crowds from the sky.

“With an addition to the security screening, in addition to the regular, standard video cameras, we’re now going to have a drone watching over the area,” said Jones Beach spokesman George Gorman.

He notes that it will be the first time authorities utilize the technology at a fireworks display.

“We already have cameras on the traffic – on the roadways, for traffic management,” he also noted.

The drone that will be flying above the crowd is often used to search for missing hikers, according to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

Gorman says they are bringing it out to ensure everyone who is watching the display has gone through security screenings.

He adds they want to “have the park as safe and security ad we possibly can make it.”