Eye in the sky: Beaufort police can watch you with this new gadget

The whirring sound you could hear soon on the Spanish Moss Trail might not be another passing bike, but a set of eyes in the sky.

Beaufort Police Department recently received a drone as a gift from the city’s information technology contractor, InterDev. The small aircraft is equipped with a camera and can fly about 2.5 miles, Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said during a presentation Tuesday night. The pilot can watch via a smartphone attached to the handheld controls.

“They’re evolving very, very quickly,” Clancy said of the technology.

An officer has received training on federal regulations related to drones. The drone and its related equipment would have cost about $1,000.

The camera could be used to monitor the Spanish Moss Trail or to search for a missing person, but Clancy said police were still in the early stages of experimenting with the machine.

Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department also has plans for the

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