2018 UAS-focused Public Safety Conferences

DroneSense
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January 1, 2018

As with any new emerging technology, there’s a gold rush of people and companies that get into the game for varying reasons, and conferences and expos centered around drone technology are no exception. Just a few short years ago when drones became part of the lexicon and everyday reality, there was a proliferation of drone conferences, expos, and workshops around the US and the world from CES to InterDrone.

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Software Takes Drone Applications to New Heights
Industrial Equipment News
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Jul 19, 2018

From cell towers to reforestation, stronger data and operational management is the next step for drone applications.

Can DroneSense, DroneSeed and Aerial Applications change the future with drones?
DroneRush
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Jul 16, 2018

Three drone companies including DroneSense have been utilizing the potential of drones and drone software to improve workflows, efficiency and lower deployment costs for companies all over the world. These companies have all been started with the intention of making the future a better place for all. This is the case from disaster relief all the way to asset placement for telecommunication companies.

Austin’s DroneSense: Helping to Integrate Drones Into Public Safety Missions
SiliconHills
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Jul 12, 2018

Austin is home to several interesting and innovative drone technology companies, but when most people think of drones they typically think of a toy or a piece of military equipment. Software companies in the drone space are now taking off, helping businesses across a wide array of sectors. One of the most interesting of these companies is DroneSense, launched in 2015 by UT alums, Christopher Eyhorn and Gerard Juarez. The company recently secured its Series A financing, led by public company FLIR Systems, a pioneer in thermal imagery sensors and systems.

Sky's the limit: 5 Austin startups driving drone innovation
Built In Austin
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Jun 4, 2018

Five Austin-based startups driving drone innovation.

FLIR Systems Completes Strategic Investment in DroneSense
FLIR Systems, Inc.
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Apr 18, 2018

Investment Creates Partnership to Develop Powerful UAS Solutions for FLIR’s First Responder Customers and Funds DroneSense for Growth

Sonim and ACT | The App Association Take to Capitol Hill to Showcase First Responder Technology
Business Wire
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Dec 14, 2017

DroneSense attended an event on Capitol Hill entitled “The Future of First Responder Technology” put on by Sonim and ACT | The App Association to highlight how innovative hardware and software solutions are improving the effectiveness and efficiency for all public safety disciplines.

Innovative uses for drone technology on display in Austin
KXAN NBC News
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Nov 14, 2017

DroneSense, based in Austin, is one of the companies that will be exhibiting at the Consumer Technology Association exposition for Texas state legislators on Tuesday.

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Another Use for Drones: Investigating Car Wrecks
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Aug 6, 2018

When police investigators tried to figure out what caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed an elderly woman in Morton, Illinois, last month, they looked to the sky for help. Like a growing number of police agencies throughout the country, the sheriff’s office in Tazewell County relied on a drone to quickly take photographs of the scene from on high to help investigators reconstruct the crash.

Drones Will Supplement Fire, Police Departments in National City, CA
San Diego Union-Tribune
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Jul 17, 2018

From fires in remote locations to searches for missing persons, drones are the latest tool in the city’s public safety arsenal.

Mountain Rescue Aspen’s new drone is a ‘game changer’
Aspen Times
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Jul 13, 2018

Mountain Rescue Aspen for the first time used a drone (DJI Matrice 210) to locate a lost hiker near Chapman Campground on June 27. The drone, equipped with an infrared camera and powerful zoom, was used at night to pinpoint where a woman was walking and to direct a ground team to her.

Chehalis-Centralia Airport deploys drone to chase birds off the runway
The Olympian
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Jun 22, 2018

Airport staff at Chehalis-Centralia Airport cleverly make use of drones to drive rogue seagulls away from the runway.

Broward Sheriff's Office begins using drones for rescue missions, identifying suspects
ABC - Miami-Dade Local 10 News
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Jun 19, 2018

Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, as they’re more commonly called, are used for everything from real estate to sporting events. And now, Broward Sheriff's Office is officially rolling out its UAS Unit to help keep the community safe.

Drone use continues to enhance emergency response
CleburneTimesReview.com
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Jun 17, 2018

From monitoring wildfires to rescuing stranded motorists in flood waters, the unmanned aircraft system — or drone — has been a game changer for emergency response.

Law enforcement agencies turning to drones to fight crime
Associated Press
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May 28, 2018

No longer a novelty, drones are becoming an everyday tool for more police and fire departments, new research has found.  The number of public safety agencies with drones has more than doubled since the end of 2016, according to data collected by the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York's Bard College.

Maryland Sheriff Embraces Drones
AOPA
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May 24, 2018

The first time Cecil County Sheriff’s Office detectives flew their new drone in a live mission, they located nearly $500,000 in stolen construction equipment and captured images that led to a search warrant, property recovery, and arrest. That is just one of a growing list of ways that drones have helped the Maryland department protect and serve.

Drones help police and fire departments in Belleville school threat investigation
KMOV.com
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May 23, 2018

A drone was part of the technology used to assist law enforcement on Wednesday as they investigated a school threat in Belleville.

Orland Park Cops Release Footage From Drone-Assisted Arrests
NBCChicago.com
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May 22, 2018

Orland Park police released video footage Tuesday of their drone assisting officers to catch a wanted fugitive--but it's not the only time the high-flying technology has aided cops in a capture.

2 stranded hikers, incapacitated dog rescued with firefighter's personal drone
ABC News
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May 17, 2018

Two hikers and their incapacitated dog who became stranded along a wooded trail in New Mexico were rescued with the help of a life-saving eye in the sky -- a firefighter's personal drone.

Drones Rescued At Least 65 People In Previous Year
DJI
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Apr 30, 2018

At least 65 people have been rescued by drones in the last year, according to a new report issued Monday by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. The report gathers accounts from news outlets and public safety agencies around the world, and includes 27 separate incidents on five continents.

Drones Helping Stockton Cops Catch Violent Crooks, Seize Guns
CBS Sacramento
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Apr 12, 2018

An attempted murder suspect and a few firearms are off the streets thanks to a single police drone.

Fayetteville police use drones to chase suspects, find the missing
WRAL.com
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Apr 4, 2018

The Fayetteville Police Department recently launched an aviation unit, comprised of several officers trained to use Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SAUS). The drones will be used in several public safety operations, including searches for missing people, searches for suspects fleeing from officers, assistance with swift water rescues and supply drops following natural disasters.

RFD's new drones 'amazingly useful' during strip-mall fire
Pal-Item.com
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Apr 2, 2018

Richmond Fire Department utilized its new drone fleet for the first time when a roof collapsed at a strip-mall fire. 

Sedona Fire District uses drone to rescue injured bicyclist
Sedona Red Rock News
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Mar 12, 2018

The Sedona Fire District was able to locate an injured, unconscious mountain biker faster than normal using a drone. Once spotted, the drone helped the first responders find the best path to reach the biker.

Police use drone to help locate suspect in burglary
Fox2Now St. Louis
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Mar 7, 2018

Creve Coeur Police say it’s the first time they’ve used a drone to help solve an active investigation. A resident noticed a burglar rifling through a car, and when was discovered ran into the woods. Police set up a perimeter and say with the help of the drone and other resources the suspect was located.

Moore County drone finds missing 11-year-old girl
WTVD-TV
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Mar 2, 2018

Moore County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in Jackson Springs, North Carolina, in reference to a missing 11-year-old girl. Using a DJI Matrice 210 with both visual and thermal cameras, they detected her heat signature and found her sleeping under thick tree limbs and brush.

Manatee County first responders avoid hazardous exposure by using drones
WWSB
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Feb 25, 2018

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue is using drones to determine the risk associated with some hazmat situations. The technology takes the place of the first in entry teams and the drone determines if there are any hazardous materials in the area. Then, the teams know how to properly and safely respond without putting crews in danger.

Police drone finds man in ditch in Lincolnshire
BBC
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Feb 25, 2018

A man who crashed his car in freezing night-time temperatures was saved from hypothermia when he was found by a police thermal-imaging drone.

Drone finds missing pieces from plane crash south of Carson City
Reno Gazette Journal
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Feb 23, 2018

Drones were effectively used to find the missing pieces of a plane from a fatal crash.

How a Wash. PD is leveraging drone technology to serve citizens
PoliceOne.com
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Feb 22, 2018

Tukwila Police Department’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) team of eight police officers completed a UAS training program and received the green light to conduct operations based on a proposed pilot program.

Catching Up: Madison police say using drones has helped the department
Wisconsin State Journal
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Jan 22, 2018

After about eight months, the Madison Police Department says its use of drones has so far been a success. Two drones have been used by the department in situations such as searching for a missing person or mapping a crime scene from above.

Drones offer Ontario paramedics unprecedented and game-changing perspectives
The Globe and Mail
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Jan 16, 2018

Instead of relying solely on emergency staff, the county's paramedic service turned to a technology it has pioneered among its peers in Canada: an unmanned aerial vehicle. Equipped with a thermal camera, the drone was able to search the crash site for injured people.

Use of drones on rise for Las Vegas police, rescue agencies
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Dec 26, 2017

Drones provide better aerial photos than helicopters, Martel said, because it can hover much closer to the scene and provide more detail. “It really saves money when it comes to the helicopters,” Martel said. “With the helicopter it’s about $400-$1,000 an hour for them to pick up a (crime scene investigator) and take aerial pictures of the scene. Now it’s maybe 20 bucks a week for us.”

Mesa Fire leads way in use of drones
East Valley Tribune
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Dec 19, 2017

Mesa Fire and Medical Department is a pioneer in the use of drones to respond to emergency situations, and its pilots have evolved into a valuable resource for first responders and municipalities across Arizona.

Orange County Fire Rescue: Drone technology delivers 'beyond expectations'
WKMG News / Click Orlando
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Dec 18, 2017

Orange County Fire Rescue’s drone technology, used for the first time since the department invested in the high-tech aerial gadgets, proved to be a powerful new asset during a November warehouse fire, according to Chief Otto Drozd.

Firefighters used drone to help find missing 6-year-old Bedford Co. boy
ABC News WSET
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Dec 15, 2017

The drone they used to track him down covered 50,000 feet of land. The volunteer fire department said it deployed two drones that they used for about two hours.

L.A. Fire Department used drones for the first time during Skirball fire
Los Angeles Times
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Dec 14, 2017

The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched drones for the first time while battling a wildfire this month as firefighters took on the Skirball fire in Bel-Air.

2017: The Year of Natural Disasters and Putting Drones to Work
InterDrone
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Dec 13, 2017

This year was host to a lot of natural disasters across the globe, but one common thread was the use of drones during the disaster and in its aftermath.

Drones being used in fight against California wildfires
Digital Journal
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Dec 11, 2017

The horrible fires over Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ventura counties that have destroyed over 500 structures and forced over 200,000 to flee is now being surveyed by drones which can track the path of the fire and survey damaged property.

Crestview Police drone does the work of multiple officers in less time
Crestview News Bulletin
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Dec 7, 2017

Not long ago, it would take two or more police officers armed with cameras and measuring tapes an hour or more to map an accident scene. Using the agency drone, Crestview Police Officer Mario Werth, one of the Police Department’s three FAA-licensed drone pilots, mapped the scene of a Nov. 30 pedestrian fatality in less than 10 minutes while not interrupting traffic or having to take fellow officers from their patrols.

County police drone program shows its value
The Purdue Exponent
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Dec 7, 2017

From locating a suspect hidden in thick brush to recreating crash scenes, the Tippecanoe County Police drone program has shown off what it can do, detailed in a press conference on Monday.

Cincinnati Police Using Drones To Speed Up Accident Investigations
WOSU Public Radio
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Nov 22, 2017

What usually takes several hours is now being done in about 15 minutes. Cincinnati Police are using drones to diagram and reconstruct accident scenes to speed up traffic investigations.

Fire chiefs use drones to pre-plan for the next big fire
News Tribune
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Nov 13, 2017

Did you see a drone passing overhead? Don’t worry: The drone isn’t spying on you — it’s collecting information to prevent the next Westclox fire. They’re using drones to collect fire data from buildings. Those drones are taking pictures, calculating measurements and identifying trouble spots to assist firefighters in putting out a blaze.

Drone Helps Save Man's Life In Olmsted County
KIMT News
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Nov 6, 2017

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says the use of a drone helped save a man’s life over the weekend.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department is Extremely Pleased with its Drones
The Drive
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Nov 2, 2017

Law enforcement agencies are getting hooked on drones more and more, these days. The San Diego County Sherrif's Department is definitely part of that club, having just expanded its drone fleet.

Stearns County deputies tap drones for aerial searches
Star Tribune
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Oct 28, 2017

The county purchased the drone earlier this year and has already used it to find a domestic assault suspect who fled through some bushes and a driver who tried to escape authorities by darting into a farm field.

Drone technology used in search for missing Richardson girl
WFAA ABC News
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Oct 17, 2017

The search for Sherin Mathews took many forms ... Tuesday also saw a new element of searching. From up high, drone technology was employed by the North Texas Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Response Team.

Manitowoc Police using drones to fight crime from the sky
WBAY ABC News
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Oct 17, 2017

Now police are using drones to find missing people, search for suspects or evidence or even deliver something like a phone to a hostage. "Crime scene documentation, accident scenes, search and rescue -- it makes our job a whole lot easier. We're not as limited to what we can do," says Ladwig.

Barnstable police use heat-sensitive drone to catch suspect who fled traffic stop, hid in pond
Boston Globe
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Sep 20, 2017

A man who fled a traffic stop in Barnstable and dove into a pond to hide from police Monday evening was caught using a drone equipped with an infrared camera, Barnstable police said. “I don’t think we would have found him” without the drone, he said. “It’s good technology.”

Drone Search and Rescue Mission a Success in Indiana
Unmanned Aerial Online
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Sep 15, 2017

On early Thursday morning, the Bargersville Community Fire Department in Indiana used its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to successfully locate a missing woman who had wandered from her home.

Hurricanes Show Why Drones Are the Future of Disaster Relief
NBC News
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Sep 9, 2017

When it comes to assessing damage and spotting people in distress, drones may be hard to beat.

Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts
The Wall Street Journal
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Sep 4, 2017

Some of the lessons learned provide “really an extraordinary example of why this technology has to move forward at a much faster speed,” according to Mark Dombroff. The storm’s aftermath amounts to “virtually a poster child for the social, economic and human benefits of drones,” Mr. Dombroff said in an interview Monday.

Sheriff’s drone helps in Malibu search for missing Glendale woman Elaine Park
Los Angeles Daily News
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Aug 28, 2017

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials used a newly acquired unmanned aircraft, or drone, Sunday to help search for a missing Glendale woman above the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu where her car was found last month, authorities said.

How firefighters are using drones to save lives
CNBC
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Aug 27, 2017

Unmanned aerial vehicles are being sent to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help first responders in their rescue efforts. "One of the reasons why it can save lives is it's so quick to deploy."

Drones help Glynn County police nab fleeing suspect in marsh
The Florida Times-Union
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Aug 16, 2017

Three Glynn County drone operators used cameras mounted on their small aircraft to track down a suspect who had sped away from a traffic stop on his motorcycle then run into the marsh after crashing it, officials said.

Drone unit helps Georgetown Police spot hiding suspect
WKYT CBS News
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Aug 9, 2017

On Sunday, officers were able to use the drone to find a suspect who was hiding from them.

Firefighters use drones for investigations
WFIR CBS News
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Jul 27, 2017

"Because of the severity of the fire, we didn't go inside of those fires, but we were able to use the footage from the drones to make better decisions to see what has collapsed, what hasn't, what is in tack, what isn't," says Rockford Fire Department's Coordinator of Fire Prevention, Tim Morris.

Drones help firefighters in Cheektowaga make rescues during flood
WIVB News 4
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Jul 14, 2017

As the Bellevue Fire Department helped get residents safely off of their flooded Cheektowaga properties on Thursday, they utilized drone footage to determine exactly where to send in equipment and teams to rescue people and valuables.

London Firefighters Used Drone To Battle Grenfell Tower Blaze
Newsweek
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Jun 16, 2017

The aircraft carries a high-definition camera that provides a live video feed and can detect body heat through thermal imaging technology. Drones are useful when a structure is too risky for firefighters to access. “After a fire, a building can sometimes be too dangerous.”

Stafford deputies using drones to catch suspects
WUSA CBS News
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Jun 8, 2017

For the second time in two weeks, Stafford County Sheriff's deputies have used drones to catch suspects. Not only does the drone put more "eyes in the sky" for police, but it also thermal imaging that can detect living people hidden by trees or brush.

Search and rescue team uses drone to recover missing hikers
FOX KDVR News
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Jun 6, 2017

A new tool for a local search and rescue team helped find two missing hikers and a dog near Devil's Head trail on Thursday evening. "Instead of an all-night search, we were done in about four hours," incident commander Bruce Fosdick said.

How drones help Lake County police investigate crashes, get roads open faster
Chicago Daily Herald
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May 7, 2017

Far beyond taking pretty pictures or video, an elite team of suburban cops is using drones for faster and more efficient investigations of major traffic accidents.

Drone technology helping search and rescue efforts in Johnson County
FOX 59 News
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Apr 25, 2017

Cutting edge drone technology is helping a Johnson County fire department to conduct search and rescue operations around the county and in surrounding communities.

Drones Aid In Search For Lost Grand Canyon Hikers
Huffington Post / AP
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Apr 25, 2017

Rangers have found that the drones are important extra resources in tracking injured and lost people in the 2,000-square-mile territory, administrators told the AP. Besides being a far cheaper alternative to a helicopter and covering vast spaces quickly, the drones have the major added advantage of sparing rescue workers from the danger of flying over over fires, through dangerous canyon updrafts and close to cliffs.

Drone helps Coral Springs firefighters battle flames at Dollar Tree store
ABC News 10
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Apr 18, 2017

Drone helps authorities identify where fire started in building

Police employ drones for search-and-rescue, suspect pursuit
PoliceOne.com
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Mar 20, 2017

Officers are undergoing training on how to operate drones for a variety of purposes, including locating missing people, search-and-rescue and finding suspects. A remote-controlled aircraft took less than two hours to survey an entire city after a Category 3 storm ripped through town in October.

Alton Police Department enlists ISP drone for crash scene reconstruction
The Telegraph
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Mar 8, 2017

Alton, Illinois police on Wednesday got some help with an investigation from the eye in the sky — and some highway troopers.

FDNY uses drone to help fight building fire
New York Post
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Mar 6, 2017

The drone became the firefighters’ eyes in the sky Monday, as they worked to extinguish a 4-alarm blaze near Crotona Park North and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. The Incident Commander was able to get a birds-eye view of the burning 6-story residential building and help direct firefighters on the scene.