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Future of fighting crime arrives with police and fire adding drones to toolkits

Future of fighting crime arrives with police and fire adding drones to toolkits

The future of fighting crime has arrived as police and fire departments around the world are adding drones to their toolkits to get the job done.

Future of fighting crime arrives with police and fire adding drones to toolkits

Nowadays drones are seemingly everywhere. From Hollywood to Walmart, Reuters, and now even the police and fire departments have been welcoming drones as it gives them a new perspective that is normally out of reach.

Police departments are using drones to fight crime, map the scene of an accident, and find missing people. Every day more police departments around the world are adding drones to their standard toolkit.

“Cops and firefighters have so many things they have to train on,” said Fritz Reber, Ret. Police Captain; Skydio Public Safety, according to Fox 2 News. “That overwatched platform, that ability to see the whole scene from above – so the value of drones is well-known and well understood by Public Safety.”

Modern drones are inexpensive, easy to fly, quick to deploy, and have sophisticated zoom cameras or even thermal cameras that can find people when they’re hiding or when they are obstructed from view.

“If they’re hiding in the bushes they’re going to be hotter than the temperature around them and their body is gonna show up,” said Scott Ferguson, VP Gresco Utility Supply.

Unmanned aircraft are not only helpful to fight crime, but they also are very useful in the search for missing people and mapping the scene of an accident.

“They’ve lost people, elderly people, that they have dementia and they find them, people kids lost in the woods or lost in the forest, absolutely find them that way,” Ferguson said.

Many recently introduced drone models also come with some form of obstacle avoidance that will prevent you from accidentally flying the unmanned aircraft into a tree or building.

Some of the more sophisticated and capable drones such as the Matrice 300 series from DJI can be quite expensive, however, many law enforcement officials say it’s worth it.

“Because it will save lives, make it easier for them to do their job, and make them quicker to respond to the situation,” Ferguson said.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews. Haye is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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