Sheriff’s Office unveils latest drone technology

Last week, Sheriff Mike Harrison unveiled the newest asset to the police department, showcasing the latest drone technology. The brand new drone has already been used in a search-and-rescue operation in Franklin County in Florida.

Sheriff’s Office unveils latest drone technology

Sheriff Mike Harrison from Gulf County, Florida is utilizing the latest drone technology and helping out neighboring Sheriff Offices. The newly acquired police drone was recently used during a search-and-rescue operation in Franklin County.

“That is what I like about this, it is sheriffs helping sheriffs,” Harrison said, according to The Star.

The drone was paid for with funds from the Florida Sheriff’s Association. The $34,000 in funding paid for Harrison’s department to establish a drone program within the police department.

“We’ve been needing to get a drone for some time,” Harrison said. “We’ve got it, (the Florida Sheriff’s Association) paid for it and our guys are trained.”

“(The Sheriff’s Association) provides a lot of things for us as far as training, commander training, crisis-intervention training,” Harrison said. “They do so much for us.”

“The ultimate objective of the FSA Shared Asset Program is to assist recipient sheriffs in financial need with capital outlay funds which will enhance their response, and the response of other sheriffs, to the communities they serve,” says the association.

In this case, the drone from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has already been used in Franklin County. Similarly, if another county in the Florida panhandle had a dive team, one phone call would be enough to bring in those resources to the Gulf County, Harrison said.

The new drone will not be used on gathering data or for surveillance purposes.

“This equipment will help us in search and rescue efforts, searching for missing/endangered children and adults, incidents of fleeing suspects and so much more,” Harrison said. “This drone has a thermal imaging camera that people see used on law enforcement helicopters.”

As part of the Gulf County drone program, four deputies received training and became Part 107 certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Remote Pilots.

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