By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Police Department may soon be one step closer to being able to use a drone as part of a one-year pilot program.

KNTV-TV reports ( ) that the San Jose City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve the program for the department, which acquired the $7,000 drone in 2014.

The drone has been the center of debate amid concerns over privacy. But Mayor Sam Liccardo says the drone will only be used in specific situations, such as for an active shooting or explosive device.

The police drone would also be prohibited from flying at night and recording video.

If approved by the council, the one-year program would still need approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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