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State police to launch 1st unmanned drone system

January 23, 2018 05:19 pm

State police has launched an unmanned aerial system program to support law enforcement missions, which include disaster response and traffic safety.

State police members gave a demonstration of the drones Tuesday at the Troop F headquarters in Middletown and answered questions about the program. The drones will be put into service this month to Troops A, D, F and G and by April, an extra 14 aerial drones will be deployed throughout the state, according to a statement from state police.

The drone system can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle accidents in less time than methods state police currently use. It will lessen the amount of times it takes to close the roads during an accident, state police Senior Investigator Pete Kusminsky said.

“It will save us time at accident scenes,” he said.

Kusminsky and state police staff were informed of the program last week and what it can be used for.

“That’s our system that will be available to us,” Kusminsky said. “They’re moving forward.”

Using the drones will be safer and cheaper for state police, he said.

The drones will be used to document and take pictures of crime scenes and will be more cost-efficient as opposed to using manned aircraft, according to state police.

The drones will also be used in dangerous situations, such as natural disasters to keep troopers out of harm’s way.