The Greenfield Police Department has bought a “quad-copter” or remote control helicopter that is similar to a drone.
Chief John Jester says GPD‘s fatal accident crash team will be using it to take photographs of vehicle crash scenes. He says the quadcopter has a small camera mount that allows it to get aerial views of crash scenes.
“If you’re using a bucket truck of some source you have to move it. With this, we fly it by. We get the video in half the time,” he says.
The device cost $650 and is flown with a hand-held unit like a remote control race car.
Jester says they used the device at fatal accident scene this week and it worked well.
He says they‘re still even examining what they can do legally with the “drone.” He says working surveillance would be tough because the device is noisy, but they may be able to use it to aid in the immediate search for missing people or crime suspects.