Officer Rey Caban spent nearly two years researching the possibility of bringing an unmanned aerial vehicle − a drone − to the Rochester Police Department.
He demonstrated the new UAV last week, providing the first look at a drone of its kind in Minnesota. In fact, there are only three agencies in the U.S., Canada and Australia that have its capabilities, he said.
“Other agencies have drones,” Caban said, “but nobody else has the equipment we have, specifically, the Project Lifesaver technology.”
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to respond quickly to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism and other related conditions or disorders. The clients wear a transmitter that is activated when they wander.
As he studied the technology available, Caban was trying to find the most efficient use of the money budgeted by the Rochester City Council.
“I figured having this unit