The Valparaiso Police Department is announcing a new Unmanned Aerial Program at the department. The Valparaiso Police Department is one of the first police departments to initiated an Unmanned Aerial Program in the State of Indiana.
The department currently has two devices. Both are equipped with cameras, one with a thermal imaging camera. Currently three officers are certified to utilize the unmanned aerial device, logging over 160 hours of training. Three additional officers are in training. The department holds two certifications of authorization through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The Unmanned Ariel Systems will assist with locating missing persons, survey natural disasters, photograph fatal/serious crash and crime scenes. The drones will provide an additional support to police for many active emergency situations.