Harford police have no plans to use drones

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.