GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - Police in a central Indiana community are turning to a drone to help them document accident scenes.
The Greenfield Police Department has purchased a remote-controlled helicopter with a mount on the bottom to attach a camera.
“I was skeptical when we got it, thinking it will never work,” Chief John Jester said.
But police said the drone’s first test this week proved it does work.
“It’s a tremendous help for me,” said Deputy Chief Derek Towle who directs the department’s fatal accident crash team.
“We had a lot of tire marks all over the roadway and by getting up above those tire marks and looking down on them it helps me draw out all those marks to make sure I've got it right,” said Towle.
Instead of using a fire truck ladder to take aerial pictures of a crash, which officers say can take time and resources which stops traffic for hours, the drone can be up and down with video in five minutes.
While the drone will be used primarily to take aerial photographs and video of accident scenes, Jester said the fire department has asked for the drone to help them during training and to determine where best to attack a fire.
“I want to be ahead of the game and I think this is a big step forward using some technology that’s out there that really was, in the whole scheme of things, pretty inexpensive,” said Jester.
The drone and camera cost about $1,000 from the department’s equipment budget. The department hopes to buy another helicopter in the near future.
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