California Police Use 'HP RoboCop' to Help Patrol
Police use new autonomous data machine with 360-degree HD video as an extra set of eyes for areas where police are not consistently present.
- By Kaitlyn DeHaven
- Jun 21, 2019
Huntington Park Police Department unveiled “HP RoboCop” Tuesday – a robot who can keep an electronic eye on public areas when human police officers are not around.
Huntington Park announced the release of the device in a news release, and said that it is “an autonomous data machine that is meant to serve outdoors,” that will use 360-degree HD video footage to “act as an extra set of eyes and monitor areas such as parks, city buildings and corridors where police might not have the time to consistently patrol.” The device will be used as a deterrent to crime and disruptive activity.
The “HP RoboCop” was previewed at the city’s 5K event in May 2019, and since then, has been patrolling Salt Lake Park.
Karina Macias, the Huntington Park mayor, said she is excited to see how RoboCop will help the community in a new way.
“I’m very excited that we can officially call on HP RoboCop to help our police officers patrol our city,” Macias said. “This is a big accomplishment for our city and introducing RoboCop shows innovation and the incorporation of new technology.”
HP RoboCop has both an Instagram and a Twitter account.
Kaitlyn DeHaven is the Associate Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.