LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State Police officials have demonstrated the department’s first authorized aerial drone designed to aid in investigations.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus, Lansing State Journal and WILX-TV report the unmanned aerial vehicle was put through its paces for the media Wednesday at the state police training academy in Lansing. The demonstration included flying over a simulated crash on a test track.

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State officials on Monday announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval to use the drone, which had its first test last week investigating a fire near Jenison in western Michigan.

Four troopers have been trained to control the device.

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They say the drone will only be flown in law enforcement situations and officials consulted with the American Civil Liberties Union to deal with potential privacy concerns.


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