WENY News - New York State Police launching drone program

New York State Police launching drone program

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NEW YORK (WENY) - New York State Police are launching an Unmanned Aerial System program.

The State Police will use drone technologies for law enforcement and public safety missions. The program is launching this month at four different troops: Troop A, which serves eight counties in Western New York; Troop D, which serves seven counties in the Central New York region; Troop F, which serves five southern counties west of the Hudson River; and Troop G, which serves ten counties in the Capital Region.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, another 14 aerials drones will be deployed throughout the state by April.

The Unmanned Aerial System can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time than with current methods. Investigators will also use the aerial drones to document and photograph crime scenes. 

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

"This state-of-the-art technology will improve emergency response, improve operational and cost efficiencies and increase Trooper safety," says Governor Cuomo. "We will continue to implement innovative technologies to improve our ability to protect New Yorkers across this great state."

The New York State Trooper Foundation is donating 16 of the aerial drone systems to the State Police. The Foundation was established to assist the State Police in its public service mission, by forging partnerships between the State Police and the private sector to advance training, safety education, special public and professional services and programs, in addition to police technology.

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