Cibolo police among first locally to test drones for use in law enforcement

CIBOLO, Texas – With his head angled skyward and a remote control in his hands, Lt. Bryan Hugghins almost looks like a child testing out a new toy. However, the investigator with the Cibolo Police Department said the device that hovered high above his head one recent morning could prove to be a valuable tool when it comes to saving lives.

So far, Hugghins is the only officer within the department who is licensed to use the unmanned aircraft system, more commonly known as a drone.

“There’s a lot of capabilities that the drone can bring to this department,” Hugghins said. “It’s just a matter of how we are going to implement it.”

The department hasn’t adopted the use of the mini flying machines just yet. Instead, Hugghins, who considers himself more of a hobbyist, is engaged in an unofficial pilot program for the department, putting the remote controlled aircraft to use as

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