Local law enforcement learning to pilot drones
Victoria Addison is reporting in The Daily Mail law enforcement officers in both Columbia and Greene counties are being trained to operate drones for a variety of purposes, including search and rescue. Unmanned aerial vehicles do not require a human pilot and in most cases they are operated with a remote control unit by a person on the ground. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office plans to purchase its first drone using federal funds, Undersheriff John Davi said. The drone will be used to survey large crime or accidents scenes and for search and rescue. A drone recently purchased by a private organization for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office will be used for similar situations, including search and rescue and to survey critical incidents, said Sheriff Greg Seeley. That device will not be in service until pilots are trained and certified, Seeley said, but his office has no timetable for when that will occur. "The sooner the better," Seeley said. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.