Robot Joins Staunton Police Force

Robot Joins Staunton Police Force

There are 15 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Feb 20, 2013, titled Robot Joins Staunton Police Force. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

It's a robot that has yet to be named, but it can see, speak, open doors and climb stairs.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at NBC29 Charlottesville.

Steven

Atlanta, GA

#1 Feb 21, 2013
Did the robot take an oath to protect and serve?
Jim

Harrisonburg, VA

#2 Feb 21, 2013
Looks like W-A-L-L-E's distant cousin.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 21, 2013
Steven wrote:
Did the robot take an oath to protect and serve?
Yes, and asked for a doughnut.
Uncle Jim

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Feb 22, 2013
Call it Michelle; it looks like my brother's ex. Good to see she finally got a job.
Just Checking

Herndon, VA

#6 Feb 22, 2013
Surprised the SPD has not put a badge around its robot neck.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Feb 22, 2013
As long as it doesn't carry a badge and a gun we'll all be safe. So it costs 80 thousand bucks, how much does it cost to pay someone to maintain and operate it? Probably another 100 thou a year, but no one talks about that. And we wonder where the tax money goes.
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Feb 22, 2013
sez you wrote:
As long as it doesn't carry a badge and a gun we'll all be safe. So it costs 80 thousand bucks, how much does it cost to pay someone to maintain and operate it? Probably another 100 thou a year, but no one talks about that. And we wonder where the tax money goes.
They won't need a dedicated operator. I expect that several officers can be trained to operate it. It's no different than operating any other piece of equipment with a video link. Utilities use camera robots all the time to inspect pipelines internally. Maintenance would have to be by contract, but there should be an inital warranty period. I would be suprised if continuing costs amounted to much.
Just Checking

Herndon, VA

#9 Feb 22, 2013
sez you wrote:
As long as it doesn't carry a badge and a gun we'll all be safe. So it costs 80 thousand bucks, how much does it cost to pay someone to maintain and operate it? Probably another 100 thou a year, but no one talks about that. And we wonder where the tax money goes.
It can be outfitted with several types of firearm platforms....and I am sure they will decorate it with a great big badge sticker. One rollin' up a front porch near you......
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Feb 22, 2013
Just Checking wrote:
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It can be outfitted with several types of firearm platforms....and I am sure they will decorate it with a great big badge sticker. One rollin' up a front porch near you......
If it did roll up on to porch near me that would prove my premise that the cops around here are worthless, there is no crime in my neighborhood, always quite as a mouse. Students and middle class homeowners. Besides, they'd be better off programming this toy to write tickets, thats all cops do.
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 22, 2013
sez you wrote:
<quoted text>If it did roll up on to porch near me that would prove my premise that the cops around here are worthless, there is no crime in my neighborhood, always quite as a mouse. Students and middle class homeowners. Besides, they'd be better off programming this toy to write tickets, thats all cops do.
You're doing it again. I have found the Charlottesville PD to be pleasant and helpful. You must live in a different place or perhaps it's your approach. If you truly think that police in general are worthless, then that may show. People typically respond in kind. Just add one drop to your half-empty glass. It'll tip the balance in your favor.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Feb 22, 2013
When the local cops START to address the rampant street crime here I'll change my view but for now they choose to be totally reactionary.
Fools Gold

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Feb 23, 2013
That a ground-drone.
RandomThaughts

Atlanta, GA

#15 Feb 24, 2013
I think its time the local govt websites submit ALL future purchases to the PUBLIC they serve by area .

This robot should have been online where the local taxpayers could get an understanding of what the equipment or training is and if they want it .

DRONES WILL BE NEXT ... and they will be baught and paid for before anybody has a say .

at least the people paying for it .

ITS TIME people ,time for local governemnt to subbmit purchace request to the PEOPLE.

get involved .
innocent yankee

Easthampton, MA

#16 Feb 24, 2013
robot? finally you'll have cops with brains.
Augco

Atlanta, GA

#18 Mar 6, 2013
i understand this model is actually able to drive, unlike some of it's human counterparts

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