NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A police department in central Arkansas is using drones to combat crime.
KTHV-TV reports that North Little Rock police officers gathered in an area park Thursday to test out the department’s three new drones.
Lt. Patrick Thessing says tax payers aren’t paying for the new equipment because the department used funds from drug seizures to purchase the drones.
Thessing says the drones won’t be used for general surveillance and that they won’t fly into residents’ backyards without a reason. He says the drones will be used for specific missions, such as tracking down a suspect on the run or getting more information on a hostage situation.
Officers who will operate the drones will undergo training from the Federal Aviation Administration to acquire their commercial drone licenses.
Information from: KTHV-TV, http://www.kthv.com/