Indiana Conservation Officers at the law enforcement division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have brought in small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to aid in search-and-rescue operations.
Currently, five Indiana Conservation Officers have become certified pilots of the drones and will be prepared for statewide response. The DNR’s law enforcement division, which has two sUAS units at the moment, plans to expand its fleet.
“The sUAS machines will greatly enhance our ability to bring quick resolve in finding lost children, hikers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and injured people,” states Captain Keith Dinn, support services assistant commander. “The training and expertise our certified pilots have received gives me confidence that our officers and other emergency responding agencies will have a much higher rate of success in locating citizens in need with a much quicker response time.”
In addition to locating lost persons, the sUAS will map out the obstacles for the emergency response personnel and provide knowledge of dangers, the DNR explains in a press release.
“I could not be more proud of our agency as we make this innovative and futuristic step forward to enhance our search-and-rescue response capabilities to reach our citizens in need,” says Danny L. East, DNR’s law enforcement director.