By Feilidh Dwyer

A police department in Southern California have started deploying drones to respond to  911 calls.

Chula Vista, population 275,000, is a city south of San Diego. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, since last week the city’s police force have used drones to react to more than 30 different calls, three of which led to arrests.

So what’s going on?

As entertaining as it is to imagine – the drones aren’t making arrests themselves. We are probably a few decades away from that.

What actually happens is the police receive calls from the public and depending on the location of the crime, one of their drones is able to fly quickly to the scene, giving incoming police officers a live, bird’s eye view of what’s going on.

Read More: We Talk UAV