Sheriff's Office Unveils Drone

Sheriff's Office Unveils Drone Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

Feb 11, 2017 at 5:44 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The Stearns County Sheriff's Office has a new tool to keep people safe and to bring criminals to justice.

The sheriff's office showed off its newly purchased drone at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve on Friday.

Lt. Robert Dickhaus was at the controls as the drone took off, its legs retracted and it flew high into the sky.

He says while the drone will be used for things like searching for fleeing suspects and assisting SWAT in serving high risk warrants, the thermal imaging capibilities will really come in handy in other areas as well.

"With the FLIR (forward looking infrared radiometer) camera, we can look for missing persons, or a child, or maybe someone was injured in an accident and sustained a head injury and wandered off."

The infrared camera will also be used to assist firefighters in looking for hot spots when responding to a structure fire.

The drone and FLIR camera cost $12,500.

It was paid for out of the county budget.



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