COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – On Friday, the Ohio Attorney General’s office issued a report on drones and how they should be used by law enforcement.
It said drones can be used for crime scene and traffic accident investigations, missing persons cases and active shooter incidents.
The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office has had their drone unit for a little over a year. They have five drones, some with thermal cameras, and eight pilots.
Sheriff Jerry Greene describes it as a major asset to his force and the surrounding areas.
“You just can’t beat it. It’s a relatively inexpensive tool that will cover a large area, a lot of acreage when you’re searching for someone or something,” he said.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued 14 recommendations on how law enforcement should use the drones.
“Unfortunately, we’ve used it a couple of times on a couple of our lakes when there’s been drowning victims.