Indiana Police Department Rolls out New UAS Program

Indiana’s Valparaiso Police Department has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program, which the police say will provide additional support in several types of emergency situations.

According to an announcement from the police department, which holds two Certificates of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, three officers are certified to use the devices, and three officers are in training.

The department, which features DJI Inspire and Phantom drone models on its Facebook announcement, says one of its two camera-equipped UAS has thermal imaging capabilities.

The police say the technology will be used to help search for missing persons, survey natural disasters, and photograph crash and crime scenes.

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