Coral Gables Police To Use First Responder Drones At Biltmore Fourth Of July Festivities

Official City of Coral Gables Press Release


The City of Coral Gables and the Biltmore Hotel are pleased to announce the return of the July 4 celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza. For the Coral Gables Police Department (CGPD), the safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority.

“As we look at tools to keep our community safe, we are pleased to partner with Bond to deploy state-of-the-art first responder drones during the celebration,” said Coral Gables Police Chief Edward J. Hudak, Jr. “This pilot project will allow the use drones to enhance the safety of all in attendance.”

Bond first responder drones are an important tool to enhance safety while preserving individual privacy.

This pilot project will help police officers and fire service personnel reach an emergency more quickly, precisely, and safely while keeping an eye from a distance and assessing the situation.

Bond has developed the fastest and most unobtrusive first responder Companion in the world. Alpha and Delta are just two of many Bond drones that will be utilized by CGPD.

In addition to the July 4 celebration, the drones can be deployed ahead of emergency responders to pinpoint road conditions, structural integrity of bridges and other structures following a hurricane.

Bond first responder drones have been approved by the Department of Defense (DoD), certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are flown by Bond’s highly experienced, FAA-certified pilots with military and public safety backgrounds. “We are happy to team with Coral Gables Police to offer residents the most advanced personal security and safety service: a responder companion in the form of a Bond drone,” said Doron Kemple, founder and CEO of Bond.  “Coral Gables is the first city in the U.S., and likely in the world, to benefit from such a unique service provided to residents by a private sector partner. The focus is to respond to residents’ alerts, and quickly and safely get a drone to their location to assist them. I want to stress that privacy will be preserved and that this is not a surveillance or patrol program.” 

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2 thoughts on “Coral Gables Police To Use First Responder Drones At Biltmore Fourth Of July Festivities

  1. How can you say in the same breath, “ keeping an eye from a distance” and “ this is not a surveillance or patrol program.”?

    Keeping an eye from a distance is literally surveillance.

    This administration loves being a police state.
    Maybe they will at least get good pictures of the Mayor to use in his commission “campaign” videos.

  2. I predict people will complain they are a nuisance while they are being watched from above.

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