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Tactical Robot

Following the deployment of a robotic K-9 in February 2021, public backlash led the NYPD to send ‘Digidog’ back to the doghouse
Safariland experts explain how the Robotex Avatar can deploy its Tri-Chamber distraction devices.
Opposition has grown, with many critics pointing to problems the NYPD had with their robot dog
The PD says the robot will be limited to SWAT use such as active shooter incidents, barricades and suspicious devices
The board sent the issue back for further discussion and could vote in the future to let police use robots in a lethal manner in limited cases
The vote was 8-3, with the majority agreeing to grant police the option despite strong objections from some groups
The draft policy’s advancement prompted an outcry; the vote is scheduled for Nov. 29
The 65-pound robots can investigate and move suspicious packages up to 30 pounds using 6-foot extendable arms