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New York State Police launch drone program

New York State Police will begin using drones to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. The first four unmanned aerial systems will be put into service this month, with 14 more scheduled to deploy by April. 

The drones are intended to give the State Police more flexibility and efficiency, reducing response times and making operations safer, more efficient and cost-effective. The State Police plan to use the drones to document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes, saving time and resulting in shorter road closures. Investigators will also use the drones to document and photograph crime scenes, officials said. 

State Police drone operators will be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and undergo 32 hours of hands-on training with the systems.   

The New York State Trooper Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1984 to support the State Police, is donating 16 of the drones systems.

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