It’s an Obama world.
Arlington police are the first city in the country to use drones for critical incidents, including major car accidents, missing persons, and chemical spills.
For about two years, the Arlington Police Department has been practicing with its two, small-battery, remote-controlled helicopters in a restricted area of the city, but not anymore.
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The Federal Aviation Administration signed off on the department’s waiver late February to use the choppers, also known as drones, for missions.
Sgt. Chris Cook, a spokesman from the department, claims the equipment will be used for critical incidents, including major car accidents, missing persons, and chemical spills.
“We believe, really and truly, the return of investment on this program is going to be substantial, from locating our missing persons to clearing our freeways more quickly,” Cook said.
The department can fly the helicopters, which are equipped with cameras, south of I-30, but there are a few restrictions.