News NYPD drones may fly during Times Square New Year's Eve celebration Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the unmanned and unweaponed aircrafts would be used to monitor the traffic flow and large crowds. "We're not flying them over crowds," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said during an apperance on "Good Day New York." Photo Credit: Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris By Alison Fox firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Updated December 5, 2018 6:43 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The NYPD is considering using drones during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, Chief of Department Terence Monahan said on Wednesday. The department's drone program is still in its beginning stages with officials on Tuesday detailing plans to use the technology to help in emergency situations, investigations, and search and rescue operations. The NYPD has acquired 14 unmanned aircrafts. Some legal rights groups, including New York Civil Liberties Union and The Legal Aid Society, have voiced concerns over the program. "We’re not flying them over crowds," Monahan said during an appearance on "Good Day New York." "One of the things we're thinking about doing is using them for New Year’s Eve this year. This way, we can monitor large crowds, the traffic flow." Monahan added that the drones would be "on a tether" and used in a cordoned off area. "They're not going to be used to surveil people, they're not going to be weaponized," he added. "This is to document and to look into areas that we would not be able to look into without their assistance." By Alison Fox email@example.com @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.