The Chula Vista Police Department is planning to use small drones with video capability by early summer.
“Our goal is to launch by July this year,” said Police Captain Vern Sallee, head of the Chula Vista Police Support Operations Division.
The drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), would be useful in finding missing elderly and children, as well as for gathering information on traffic accidents, fires and other crime scenes, according to a statement from Pat Aguilar, Chula Vista City Councilmember.
Sallee said the department is aiming to buy at least two drones, either commercial or industrial grade.
The commercial version would possibly be the Phantom 4 PRO, and the industrial version would be a custom-made drone from ActionDroneUSA, a Chula Vista UAV manufacturing company.
ActionDrone Correspondent Dhore Anunciado said they look at the standard operating procedures of their clients, and tailor make drones for a specific use.