Michigan State Police To Use Drones To Investigate Crime And Crash

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The Michigan State Police department, for the first time for any police department will use drones to investigate crimes and accidents that happen in the city.

The police have announced that they are working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to obtain an authorization to fly an unmanned aircraft or a drone for public safety statewide.

The State police have purchased a Aeryon SkyRanger in September 2013, which could possibly be to support the law enforcement.

In 2014 February, the police department got permission to start doing training flights near the Michigan State Police Academy in Dimondale.

The statement read: "The MSP has worked closely with the FAA to meet all safety and training requirements, as well as to develop policies and procedures for the safe and effective implementation of this equipment."

The drone will be flown by a two person crew, below 400 feet at all times and the drone has to be within the sight of the two person crew at all times. The two person crew will be trained by the manufacturer of Aeryon SkyRanger.

The drone will be able to take videos and stream it to any device and will also have the capability to take photos.

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