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Drone Surveillance Notice: Tutty Baker Fest


On June 16, 2023, Governor Pritzker signed into law the Illinois Drones as First Responders Act. This law permits the use of drones by law enforcement agency at a special event, parade, or routed event to prepare for or observe crowd size, density, and movement; assess public safety staffing; or oversee the general safety of participants. In accordance with this law, the Freeport Police Department will be operating drone technology on the following dates:

  •  Friday, July 7 during Tutty Baker Fest in Downtown Freeport
  • Saturday, July 8 during Tutty baker Fest in Downtown Freeport

This allows for real-time monitoring (not recording) of public safety during both events. The Freeport Police Department requests attendees report any suspicious person(s) or activities by calling 9-1-1 or (815) 235-8222.

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