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expensive and learning to fly them is a skill that no one on staff or any volunteers cur- rently have. Weston's many trees and power lines present expensive hazards — to the drone and to the camera it holds." "The possibilities are exciting, but the real- ity is something else," Cole adds. So far neither Wellesley nor Weston's municipal departments have invested in or embraced drone technology. Wellesley Police Chief Terrence Cunningham cautions that there are a lot of privacy issues to work through for any community considering the use of drones for police, surveillance, or other purposes. "From enhanced officer safety by expos- ing unseen dangers, to finding those most vulnerable who may have wandered away from their caregivers, the potential benefits are irrefutable," he says. "However, privacy concerns are an issue that must be dealt with effectively if a law enforcement agency expects the public to support the use of [unmanned aircraft] by their police. It is unfortunate that the current climate in this post- [Eric] Snowden hangover period is such that law enforcement and the public in gen- eral may never enjoy some of the true bene- fits of this technology." Changes in the Air While such potentially beneficial — and con- troversial — drone uses may indeed be years away, many commercial activities will be 75 s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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