Bethel leaders are again opening the church’s pocketbook to help Redding pay for policing by offering funds to purchase drones.
This time, though, they’re offering just a fraction of the $500,000 given to save the Neighborhood Police Unit and the seed money for a campaign to raise another $740,000 in private donations.
The City Council may vote to accept the church’s $25,000, which would pay for two drones, licenses and training for six officers and supporting equipment.
The drones could hit the skies by mid-2018, Redding Police Chief Roger Moore said.
“I think the citizens are going to be excited about it like I am and I think it’s a wonderful tool that law enforcement can have to save lives,”