In March 2017, the New Yorkers Police Department started using a fleet of specially designed robots to help with its surveillance efforts.
It was a pilot program designed to see if the robots could be better than humans at the job of tracking individuals.
As of March, the robots have logged more than 2,000 arrests, nearly 90% of which involved low-level crime, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“The robots have helped me identify many people who may be dangerous and can be stopped and questioned,” New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill told reporters at the time.
In March, O’Malley said the robot is able to track individuals in a crowd or at a park.
However, there have been some serious questions about the use of the robot in the context of police work.
The robots, called RAV4S, are equipped with infrared cameras and cameras mounted on the underside of the body.
“RAV4s are equipped to capture images, capture audio, and capture motion in the area,” the NYPD wrote in an internal memo.
“In the event that an officer needs to take action, the cameras can be turned off, or if needed, the officer can be assisted by other officers.”
Some people have questioned the accuracy of the images.
In July, the NYPD issued a letter to city leaders stating that the cameras do not capture a person’s exact location and were only able to “sparsely” record what the cameras could see.
A New York state judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man in New York, who was arrested on a domestic violence charge after he tried to use a robot to follow him to his apartment.
An investigation by CNN found that the NYPD has used robots to catch and detain people in the past, including in the 1970s.
But the use has not been widely used in recent years.
The New York Times reports that only about two of the 100 robots used in the NYPD are certified to use infrared cameras.
The NYPD did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on the robots.
Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter warning that the use by the NYPD of the robots violates the Fourth Amendment.
“As the technology has become more widespread and more widespread use has increased, there is a clear risk that these surveillance systems may become a tool of political power and influence,” the ACLU said in a press release.
One problem with using drones is that they can be hijacked.
In April, the FAA announced that it had approved a pilot project to test drones that could be hijacked by people using them.
The FAA said it would give $500,000 to local governments to buy one of the drones.
The drone will be equipped with microphones, video cameras, and a radio transmitter, according the Federal Aviation Administration.
Some cities have used drones in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
During the bombing, police found a device on a backpack found near the scene of the attack that could have been used to remotely detonate the bombs.
The FBI has also said it is developing a drone that can be used in an incident that involves domestic violence.
Although the NYPD is using the robots to target high-risk offenders, it also wants to track people who are not violent.
Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that allows for the use and monitoring of drones.