New York State Troopers to Start Using Police Drones

NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

The state police aviation unit uses helicopters and airplanes.

The drones will be used by NY state troopers to take photos at crime scenes, help with disaster relief, aid with traffic safety and more.

The drones will be donated by the New York State Trooper Foundation, a charity that raises private funds for state police training and equipment.

The aerial drones can also be used in risky situations and environments, including natural disasters, keeping State Troopers out of harm's way.

Four state police zones, including the one that includes Oneida County, are deploying unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones, to support law enforcement missions such as accident response and traffic safety.

Officials said the drones are more cost-effective than manned aircraft and can be used in risky environments, including natural disasters, that would endanger troopers.

The use of drones by state police is another example of state agencies taking advantage of the new technology.

State Police members who will operate them will be FAA certified and will undergo 32 hours of hands-on training with the systems.

The Governor's Office announced Wednesday that 18 new unmanned aircrafts will be deployed for use by Troop A in Western New York, including Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming and other counties in the Buffalo area. By April, an additional 14 aerial drones will be deployed around the state.

"This state-of-the-art technology will improve emergency response, improve operational and cost efficiencies and increase Trooper safety", said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a statement.

The legislation previously passed the Republican-controlled Senate, but failed in 2015 in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.

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