FAIRBORN — The Beavercreek and Fairborn Police Departments have partnered to utilize Unmanned Aerial System technology.
The departments began looking at UAS technology in fall 2016 and delved into how it could benefit their respective municipalities. The departments then collaborated to research the technology and develop UAS programs. Once the platform was identified, two officers from each agency attended UAS training at Sinclair Community College.
At the conclusion of the training, these officers were able to obtain their Remote Pilot Licenses from the FAA and began training together. This now occurs once a month on the operation and maintenance of these systems.
The purpose behind the program is to provide real time information for responding officers. It is able to aid in locating missing or fleeing individuals. The UAS platforms may additionally aid in traffic crash investigations, tactical deployments and large event surveillance for safety. Both departments are currently working to add nighttime capabilities to the program.
“This is just another example of a technology collaboration between two law enforcement agencies working for the good of the citizens they serve while also being good stewards of public tax dollars,” The Fairborn Police Department said in a press release.