Grambling State University, a historically Black college in northern Louisiana, has announced that it is starting drone patrols on the campus. According to Police Chief Rod Demery, security drones will help his department get a better view of the events on campus.
San Francisco-based nonprofit digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation has identified at least 10 campus police departments that deploy drones for security and surveillance purposes.
Privacy advocates are naturally concerned about educational institutions acquiring surveillance tech typically associated with high-crime metropolitan areas.
Campus police officers, however, stress that situational awareness is important for first responders, and surveillance drones can make a huge difference in their operations.