By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Police Department is one step closer to using a drone for hostage or search-and-rescue incidents.

KNTV reports ( ) Wednesday that the San Jose City Council late Tuesday approved a one-year pilot program allowing police to use a drone.

The bomb squad will also have access to the drone, which will be prohibited from flying at night and recording video.

The $7,000 drone, which the police department acquired in 2014, has been at the center of debate and the focus of a series of community meetings over privacy concerns.

The pilot program now must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

If approved by the FAA, police could start using the drone in 2017.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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