DANVILLE — In their first major policy decision since town elections, selectmen voted 4-1 on Monday to accept the purchase of a drone by the Police Department and its elected chief, Wade Parsons, using asset forfeiture funds.
The vote, with only Selectman Sheila Johannesen voting in opposition, followed approximately an hour of discussion of privacy and funding issues related to having a police drone. Johannesen cited the need to renovate the police station as a better use for the money.
She said after the meeting that the drone would cost $14,373.
“I thought it would be a great application to use some of the funds from the forfeiture account for our needs here,” Parsons said of using money for the drone.
The town received $85,000 from a $450,000 drug seizure in 2011, the chief said. The total was split among the towns involved in the seizure.
Civil forfeiture is a controversial practice in which police