In its first official use, a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office drone helped recover nearly $400,000 worth of construction equipment stolen as part of a multi-state theft ring, police said.
“The only thing better in its first use would have been finding a lost child,” Cecil Sheriff Scott Adams said Monday. He flew the drone that helped gather enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the property, which led to an arrest.
In addition to criminal investigations, drones could be useful in a variety of scenarios, including in tactical operations, lost people or fires, Adams said.
Police agencies in Harford County, however, don’t intend to buy or put into use a drone any time soon, citing costs and legal issues.
“The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has not advanced the discussion on drone usage past how the Sheriff’s Office could use this technology, costs and the benefits to be gained