Cuomo announces deployment of state police drones in central NY

Cuomo announces deployment of state police drones in central NY

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the unmanned aircrafts are state of the art and they will help respond to official police business at a faster rate.

The first four State Police drones will be put into service this month in 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.

The State Police will use the drones for law enforcement and public safety missions. One of the ways the drones will help is by documenting and reconstructing serious auto accidents on the road fast than usual.

By April 2018, there will be 14 more drones deployed throughout the state. The drones can also be used in unsafe situations, including natural disasters, to keep troopers safe.

Additionally, unmanned aerial systems will "provide a significant cost savings" over manned aircraft, according to the release, while reducing response times and making operations more efficient and cost effective.

In addition, the pilotless aircraft can also be used in unsafe situations and environments, including natural disasters, keeping law enforcement personnel out of harm's way, according to the announcement. In a statement, Cuomo's office said using this technology will help speed up the process, resulting in shorter road closures and less impact on drivers. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a 22-drone fleet that they use for a variety of purposes, including evaluating eroded coastline on Lake Ontario previous year.

Troopers who will operate the drones will be certified by the FAA and undergo 32 hours of hands-on training.

"Video recording an interrogation protects the both the innocent and law enforcement alike", Cuomo says.

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