The Jonesboro Police Department announced the “launch” of its new Drone Program Thursday.
The JPD Drone Program includes five small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) that are equipped to fly indoors or outdoors, utilize FLIR heat sensing thermal imaging, extremely high resolution cameras, ActiveTracking, and more.
The program also includes seven sworn officers who completed months of training to become fully certified Part 107 drone pilots by the Federal Aviation Administration. Through the expected success of this program, we hope to add more aircraft and pilots in the coming years.
A statement said the drones will be used in situations ranging from standoffs to searches.
JPD started this program to better serve our community in a technological world. Drones are an efficient and effective way of providing law enforcement with critical information to respond to calls for service, emergency situations, hostage situations, barricaded suspects, or to conduct criminal investigations. Some examples include providing an overhead view of an area or incident to ground personnel, safely clearing the interior of buildings, providing detailed documentation of crime and accident scenes, and searching for lost or missing persons.JPD Statement