South Carolina’s Mount Pleasant Police Department has received a donated unmanned aircraft system (UAS), as well as approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin officer training.
According to a Facebook post from the department, the DJI Inspire 1 – given by SkyView Aerial Solutions – will be used in situations such as search and rescue, disaster and HAZMAT response, barricaded persons, serious car accidents, or any other events in which an aerial perspective is needed.
“In the case of a missing child or person, this system will allow us to access more areas than just having officers working on the ground,” says Inspector Chip Googe. “The UAS will also allow us more security options during special events like the Bridge Run and the Children’s Day Festival.”
Tom Fernandez, CEO of SkyView, says, “For over two years, SkyView Aerial Solutions has used drones commercially and for public safety all over South Carolina. Our experience is vast, and we have learned many valuable lessons. Therefore, we donated our time to the Mount Pleasant Police Department to teach them what we know about small drones. Our donation is but a small token of appreciation for all that they do for us.”
Photo courtesy of the Mount Pleasant Police Department