Government officials from Chaoyang District in Jilin’s Changchun city established its Drone Law Enforcement Unit (无人机执法中队) in May, with the new division actively taking on city management duties.

Drones with cameras are connected via a smart remote operation system equipped with an iPad-like screen. Trained law enforcement officers control the drones to patrol, monitor, and investigate areas where human forces are unable to access.

According to reports, the first few missions the unit conducted included a patrol over a construction field. The police officer controlling the drone could clearly see geographical details of the field. Construction workers and waste management’s positions were also available.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com