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Robocops: Robot Police with Killing Authority Could Be Available Soon

Twelve of the police department's 17 robots are already in service

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: In a draught document, the San Francisco Police Department, or SFPD, suggests utilising robots that can respond to circumstances and use “deadly force” to kill offenders.

Twelve of the police department’s 17 robots are already in service, and the draught document explains how the department intends to use its collection.

Typically, robots are used for bomb disposal and inspection. However, according to a report, the San Francisco Police Department wants to use them for “criminal apprehensions, critical incidents, exigent circumstances, executing a warrant, or during suspicious device assessments.”

According to the SFPD, using “deadly force” is appropriate when there is an immediate threat to life and no other reasonable course of action.

In addition, the SFPD plan would let these robots to carry out killings “where the risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and surpasses any other force option available to SFPD,” according to various sources.

The draught document claimed that giving robots the power to kill would help officers with “ground support and situational awareness” (because these robots can be modified to include machines and grenade launchers).

A draught of the paper has been approved by a committee. Next week, the entire board will vote on it.

Also, this robot must not be seen as a service robot. A police robot and a service robot, for instance, differ primarily in the task they are taught to complete. 

Police robots are used by government and law enforcement agencies to conduct traffic stops based on driving behaviour, find criminals, and even stop fraud.

The main goal of Robocop is to fight crime and try to establish a robotic police force.

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