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Savannah police preparing to put drones on duty

October 7, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police department is getting ready to put its first drones on duty.

The Savannah Police Department spent about a year researching how to use unmanned drones to assist officers in the field. Sgt. Max Nowinsky says the department could deploy its first drones as early as next year.

WSAV-TV reports Savannah police plan to have three drones on standby for different uses. One would be used to photograph crime scenes and major traffic crashes. Another would be deployed for search and rescue operations. The third would aid police in hunting criminal suspects.

The drones will be piloted by officers who undergo training required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Nowinsky said there’s no threat to privacy, as the drones won’t be used “to conduct random patrol or random surveillance.”

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Information from: WSAV-TV, http://www.wsav.com/

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