Dallas mulls drones vs helicopter for police department

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Dallas officials are debating whether aircraft drones should be a resource for police instead of an expensive helicopter.

Dallas police do not currently own any drones, but drones were used in the search for a missing Richardson girl and other cases where police need extra eyes over a broad area.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for a $2.5 million contract for a camera and mapping system for air one. Councilman Philip Kingston asked on Monday why the department won’t put that money toward drones. Cops said there are multiple reasons the chopper should remain.

“The helicopter can stay up longer, move about the area, go in different directions, gather more data than a drone,” said Assistant Chief Paul Stokes.

Movement restrictions are a big limitation, as government regulations require drones

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