Police drone may fly the Sandy Springs skies

John Ruch Posted by
on May 12, 2017.

A police drone may soon take to the skies of Sandy Springs, chasing suspects and monitoring city events, if the City Council approves a donation of the device from the city’s IT contractor.

The DJI Mavic Pro drone is an X-shaped device with four propellers. According to company specifications, it’s about a foot long; weighs 1.6 pounds; is equipped with a high-resolution camera; and can fly at speeds near 40 mph and altitudes around 16,000 feet. It can be controlled via a smartphone. The drone is valued at $999.

The DJI Mavic Pro drone as shown on the company’s website.

A city staff memo lists a wide variety of possible public safety and

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