Drones to monitor for illegal fireworks this July in Grover Beach

June 21, 2022

By KAREN VELIE

Independence Day In Grover Beach typically results in dozens of calls to law enforcement reporting the illegal use of fireworks. This Fourth of July, the Grover Beach Police Department plans to monitor the city through a team of 12 drones to ensure the safety of the community.

“Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations, yet every year people take needless risks by violating the law and established safety regulations,” said John Peters, Grover Beach chief of police. “The Grover Beach Police Department typically receives an average of 47 calls for service regarding the illegal use of fireworks each July 4 holiday period.”

In May of 2020, the City of Grover Beach amended its fireworks ordinance to limit the public discharge period for legal fireworks to July 4 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Legal “Safe and Sane” fireworks are those that are neither a projectile nor explosive and are commonly referred to as fountains, sparklers, smokeballs, snake-type fireworks, ground-spinning fireworks, pinwheels, most novelty fireworks, and some crackling items.

In Feb. 2022, the city launched its drone program to increase its response and investigation capabilities and to proactively detect crimes in progress. The team of twelve drones and seven trained pilots helps keep officers and the community safe by playing an active role in public safety incidents that call for increased situational surveillance, such as search warrants, missing persons, building searches and ocean searches.

On July 4, while responding to calls from the Police Department, the drone team will also be working closely with a team of officers on the ground regarding illegal fireworks.

Violators who illegally discharge fireworks in San Luis Obispo County face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.


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Adam Trask

American’s freedoms continue to dwindle. You can’t travel thru a traffic light without Big Brother watching. Everything you do on the internet is monitored.


Now, if you give your kid a sparkler on the 4th you’ll draw attention. Sad.


kayaknut

Next, drones to track individuals during legal protests, drones to patrol for traffic violations, and any number of other things that allow officers to sit at a desk.


paragon

Instead of a good guy with a gun to deal with a bad guy with a gun, the government will soon have drone solutions to deal with “people with guns”. This video will soon be reality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-2tpwW0kmU


shelworth

By all means let’s spy on everyone to see who is doing something we don’t like.


Chill

They don’t use Radar Guns, but we got drones??


CCCentrist

Growing up In the Cold War, it was the other guys that did the mass surveillance. Today, we associate mass surveillance with totalitarian governments who don’t share the Western World’s defense of human rights. While it is easy to see the convenience of law enforcement drone use, it is also easy to see where this is going. Small, incremental steps slowly increasing law enforcement dependence on this (and other) technology to limit public resistance. Orwellian death by a thousand cuts.


Again, police departments of the Central Coast, please don’t do this.


Nineteen Eighty-Four


Here is the link to the earlier original article and comments on Grover Beach Police Drones:

https://calcoastnews.com/2022/02/grover-beach-police-adding-crime-fighting-drones/