Olson hopes to expand police drone usage

By John Guevara

ROCKFORD — On Oct. 7, Jordan Spates, a suspect in the September shooting of Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Wright, was taken into custody in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The capture involved the Rockford and Atlanta FBI offices, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and the Atlanta Violent Fugitive Unit. The capture occurred 14 days after the shooting and is a testament to law enforcement cooperation.

What if the delay could have been avoided?

Former Winnebago County Forest Preserve President Randy Olson thinks there could be a way to avoid such delays in the future. Olson, a helicopter pilot who regularly flew for the AIR-ONE Emergency Response Coalition, has started a new venture, DRONE-ONE.

Olson says that it took over an hour for the AIR-ONE helicopter to arrive in Winnebago County after it was called to join the manhunt. If one of the local departments

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