Police in West Seneca adopt drone technology – WKBW.com Buffalo … – WKBW

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) – It’s a sound and sight that will soon be familiar with members of one Western New York police department — a drone.

It will be flying the skies of West Seneca to help officers solve crimes and keep the community safe.

“We had a $10,000 grant from the state and I spent $9,994.99,” said Lieutenant John McNamara, when referring to the cost of the drone and equipment.

The grant, secured by State Senator Patrick Gallivan, helped purchase the drone.

West Seneca Police have been training for eight months on how to use this new technology, which officers say will assist in many different police missions including search and rescues, creek levels during flooding and crime scene analysis.

The drone is equipped to drop items to those in need, such as a during a hostage situation.

“We can put a cell phone in if we need to deliver this to someone in

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