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There isn’t a timetable yet when the department can begin using it in situations. The federal aviation administration regulates drones and their use.

“we have to get the training in,” carothers said, adding he would like six or more officers trained to use them. “really, anyone in the whole department that shows interest, we’ll get them trained.”

Waivers are needed for flying over crowds, within restricted airspace, at night, more than 400 feet in the air and out of line of sight. The FAA issues those waivers.

The larger drone, a matrice 210, is equipped with an abundance of tools and gadgets the department will use in nearly any situation. It had a cost of around $17,000.Carothers said

Commissary funds are raised from inmates who pay for phone calls, extra food and other items and services.


The department typically uses the funds to replace things like flat-screen televisions and other technology needed at the jail. The indiana state board of accounts audits those funds and their usage.

The larger drone includes a camera, a zoom camera and infrared imaging. Carothers said the infrared camera was $6,000 alone but will be one of the more useful features. Infrared imaging uses heat sources to find people.

It is equipped with a tracking system that will allow it to secure a target, such as a person or a car, and follow it without police controlling it.Acquired drones 2016 when it runs low on battery, it will return to the controller, allow police to change a fresh set of batteries and remember its target.

The small one will be used for accident reconstruction where it will fly above the scene for photos and video, giving police a new perspective of crashes. This past year, county officers investigated 728 accidents, including two with fatalities.

“you get a whole different three-dimension of it compared to what we had before of ground video or ground shots,” carothers said. “that’s a big use for it.”

During a test last week, county detectives tom barker and ben rudolph — along with help from jail officer andrew prajzner — demonstrated the matrice 210 outside the sheriff’s department on the east side of brownstown.Acquired drones 2016

Within minutes, the drone was assembled and up in the air, zipping through the sky near the department at the push of a control. It also hovered over before slowly descended on its landing.

The remote control has more than 20 buttons to operate it and is equipped with a monitor to view what the drone can see from its position. The cameras can be rotated, too, and the monitor can record photographs and video.

“he was in a small wooded area, we had him surrounded and we knew he couldn’t get out,” he said. “when the chopper got here, they made two passes around the woods and had to refuel.”

Gettinger said there is no public database for drone usage in law enforcement, but the center’s research showed an estimated 347 police departments acquired drones in 2016.Drone usage

Gettinger and staff use a variety of methods to count and track drone usage in law enforcement. The center searches FAA registrations, waivers, permits and also local news stories to compile figures. The number does not include departments that have relied on help from citizens that used personal drones to assist police.

Eleven departments in indiana had acquired drones by 2016, and that’s a number gettinger said has probably doubled since the report was released in april 2017.

“every week, there are new departments acquiring drones,” he said. “this is a fast-growing sector of the drone industry, and we expect it to grow further.”

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