Dade Cops Waiting To Get Crime Fighting Drone Airborne MIAMI (CBS4) Miami-Dades newest crime fighting tool is a literal eye in the sky. The Micro Air Vehicle, or MAV for short, is a small radio controlled drone aircraft equipped with a portable camera system. Miami-Dade Sgt. Andrew Cohen said drone will be used to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers. 5644188 If an SRT (Special Response Team) has to go into an area they dont know whats there, we dont know what is in the backyard, said Cohen, They want to know if there are dogs in the backyard, if there is a shed, things that could be a threat to us. The MAV is used by the military to scan dangerous areas before troops are sent in. Miami-Dade police used a $50,000 grant to buy one, but not everyone is happy with the purchase. What happens when they fly over backyards and they see something without a warrant that they want to take against, said ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon. Police admit the MAV, if flown low enough, has the ability to look into peoples home, but that is not its intended purpose. If this thing is deployed, its only going to be used in situations where we already have an ongoing police scene, said Cohen. They are going to know we are there because we will have tactical teams, SRT teams, were going to have a perimeter, its going to be secure. Meanwhile the police department is awaiting approval from the FAA before they can use the MAV. They have submitted the application, but the approval process can take up to six months. xxxxx So if you use force to disable one of these intruders is it like killing a cop?