Drone program helping Modesto Police, now Stockton next up

A domestic violence suspect. A gunman on the loose. And a missing child.

These are the kinds of calls Unmanned Aerial Vehicles commonly known as “drones’ have helped to assist Modesto Police in helping solve crime.

“They’re incident specific,” said Lt. Ivan Valencia of the Modesto Police Department who oversees the department’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program. “I know some of the concerns are privacy concerns. But, these things will not be up in the air randomly. They will deployed when needed.”

Modesto Police began their drone program in April 2016, with two drones. They now have nine different drones.

Eleven police officers are trained to use them, along with three firefighters. They are equipped with cameras, and some with heat sensing capability.

The first

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