Thunder Bay – Police Purchase $90,000 Drone

Police launch aerial drone

The UAV is operated by at least three officers, with one piloting the unit, a second operating the camera, and a third officer acting as a spotter.

Air traffic control must be notified any time the UAV is used in order to receive clearance, but Synder said in emergency situations, clearance can be granted immediately.

The UAV can be grounded in certain circumstances, Synder added, with weather and visibility being the biggest hindrance.

“We can only fly it in ideal circumstances,” Synder said. “We have to be able to see it at all times. So if line of sight is obstructed in any way due to fog, or snow, or even heavy rain, then we wouldn’t be flying it.”

The total cost of purchasing the UAV is $89,699, and Synder said the unit is much more complex than something the public can purchase at a local electronics store.

“We suspect it’s going to make quite a difference,” Synder said. “Even just for that one case where we maybe are able to locate a vulnerable person in a wooded area for example, it’s worth every penny.” – Tbnewswatch

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…The total cost of purchasing the UAV is $89,699, and Synder said the unit is much more complex than something the public can purchase at a local electronics store….  

$90,000?  Does the thing shit gold?

Just how much more complex can the thing be?

…it’s worth every penny…

What’a a penny?

 

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