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Akron Police Department purchase drone for investigations

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3News’ Romney Smith seemed into why the APD is investing within the high-tech instrument.

AKRON, Ohio — Drones are getting used throughout the nation by legislation enforcement for public security, and it appears just like the Akron Police Division is following in different departments’ footsteps. 

Based on APD Captain Chris Brewer, the division plans to buy a drone this spring, which he says they plan to make use of in two completely different areas. 

“The drones are being bought for our Crime Scene Unit they usually’ll even be work with our visitors reconstruction officers,” says Captain Brewer.

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Meaning the drones will seize 360-degree photographs from crime scenes and assist the group that investigates automobile crashes. Akron Metropolis Council President Margo Summerville says the Metropolis Council desires to put money into legislation enforcement know-how and be clear concerning the modifications.

“Persons are afraid of what they don’t know and so we are able to bridge that hole somewhat nearer if we maintain speaking, sharing, and educating the general public on what the police are literally doing,” Sommerville stated. 

By utilizing objects like police physique cameras, updating the 25-year-old 911- Laptop Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, and investing in a $4,000 drone because of a grant, police say they are going to be extra environment friendly and higher in a position to shield residents. 

There’s a monitor document in legislation enforcement that reveals the worth of drones. 

In October, the Atlanta Police Division used their drone to assist the SWAT group safely apprehend a suspect in a tense homicide investigation. Captain Brewer says an help from a drone in this kind of state of affairs is feasible for the Akron Police, as effectively. 

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“Can I see them utilizing them possibly for SWAT as an overwatch to see if somebody runs out the bottom of a constructing or ensuring officers don’t have somebody sneaking up on them, I may see that, however there aren’t any plans in any respect to make use of these for surveillance right now, simply crime scene investigation and accident reconstruction,” says Captain Brewer.

Tri-C Police Chief Clayton Harris trains public security personnel learn how to fly drones and says this sort of know-how is right here to remain.

“If you should utilize know-how, particularly an unmanned aerial automobile with the intention to accomplish a variety of these duties which are wanted to be taken care of, with out the possibility of injuring a life, then they need to be used,” says Chief Harris.

The Akron Police Division will not be the primary legislation enforcement drone program in Northeast Ohio. One regional group in existence for 10 years is the Valley Aviation Group UAV Crew which works with greater than a dozen police departments that want a drone for numerous conditions.

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