Launched late last year, the Omaha Police Department drone program has proven to be immensely successful within the first twelve months assisting with a wide range of drone operations.
Omaha Police Department drone program is hugely successful
Professionally trained drone pilots with the department have used drones for a wide range of operations that include search and rescue, traffic incidents, and locating suspects.
In one example, the Omaha Police Department showed images from a search and rescue operation where the drone helped locate an elderly man with dementia who had taken off from home. He was found lying down on train tracks with a train heading in his direction.
“Just finding this one patient on the tracks… what price tag do you put on that? OPD Lt. Jim Pauly said, according to WOWT. “To be able to stop a train, to be able to put all of that packaged together, it just puts the exclamation point on the value of what we get out of these drones.”
The Omaha Police Department has successfully used drones to aid at crime scenes and in the search for missing autistic children. As recently as last week, a police drone was used in the search for a missing boy at NP Dodge Park.
The department aims to have drones readily available at all precincts in the near future.
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