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Macomb County Sheriff Launches 4-Drone, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit

July 19, 2018 - 10:06 am
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MT. CLEMENTS (WWJ) - The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has launched a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Unit consisting of four drones.

These vehicles are an additional resource to current investigative techniques and personnel, according to officials, who say the drones will be activated to assist when authorities searching for a missing person, performing a rescue, encountering a barricaded gunman or hostage situation, and conducting traffic crash and crime scene investigations.

Equipped with high-resolution cameras that can capture both aerial photos and video, the drones cost about $26,000 in total and were paid for with police forfeiture funds. 

One unit has a thermal imaging camera which can be used to search for someone in a wooded area or in water.

UAV pilots must receive training and pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s exam to receive a remote pilot certificate. Two county deputies currently have FAA remote pilot certificate, the sheriff's office said, and fourteen others are scheduled to receive training to operate the drones.