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Deployment Of State Police Drones Begins

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The launch of the new New York State Police Unmanned Aerial System program will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.

The first four State Police aerial drones will be put into service this month in Troop A, which serves eight counties in Western New York.

The State Police will use Unmanned Aerial System technologies for law enforcement and public safety missions, taking advantage of the flexibility and efficiencies that aerial drones provide.

Acquiring and operating the systems provide a significant cost savings over manned aircraft, and will be deployed in multiple locations across the state, reducing response times and making operations more efficient and cost-effective.

  • The aerial drones can also be used in dangerous situations and environments, including natural disasters, keeping State Troopers out of harm’s way.
  • The Unmanned Aerial System can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time than with current methods, resulting in shorter road closures, lessening the impact on motorists.
  • Investigators will also use the aerial drones to document and photograph crime scenes.

State Police members who will operate the Unmanned Aerial System will be FAA certified and undergo 32 hours of hands-on training with the systems.

State Police did not release a date when any drones may be deployed in Cortland County.

The New York State Trooper Foundation is donating 16 of the aerial drone systems to the State Police.

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