Police spend week learning about, flying drones

Anyone driving by the Burlington Police Training Center on Thursday or Friday had a good chance of seeing drones in the air.

Alamance Community College teamed up with Public Safety UAS Institute to offer a weeklong drone training class to several law enforcement, emergency management and fire agencies in Alamance County. Participants spent the first three days in a classroom learning the basics along with the material needed for a FAA license, while Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, were dedicated to flying the drones on the firing range.

Gibsonville, Haw River and Elon University police, Elon Fire and Chatham County Emergency Management each had at least one representative for the class.

Public Safety UAS Institute owners and commercial drone pilots Ralph Newcomb and Mike Sheron teamed up with Gene Perry, the law enforcement in-service training coordinator for Alamance Community College, to

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