MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — The Macomb County sheriff’s office has launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle unit consisting of four drones.
Officials say the drones are able to search for missing persons and be used in rescues, barricaded gunmen and hostage situations, and in traffic crash and crime scene investigations.READ MORE: Belle Isle Park Reopens Giant Slide Friday
They are equipped with high-resolution cameras that can capture both aerial photos and video. One unit has a thermal imaging camera which can be used to search for someone in a wooded area or water.READ MORE: Woodward Dream Cruise Kicks Off This Weekend: What To Know
The $26,000 cost of the four drones was paid from police forfeiture funds.
Two sheriff’s deputies currently have Federal Aviation Administration remote pilot certificates. Fourteen others are scheduled to receive training to operate the drones.MORE NEWS: Federal Judge Retains Jurisdiction In Lawsuit Over Enbridge Pipeline
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