New drone law would let police monitor large public events

A drone was used by police during a standoff in Peru to send a cellphone to the man held up in the house.

Drones are not often used by police in La Salle County, but a pending bill in Springfield might encourage more activity.

Of several police agencies contacted, none have a drone and use of borrowed drones has been limited.

Streator Police Lt. Robert Turner said state police technicians have used a drone to process a crime scene in Streator and the Streator Fire Department has employed one to survey crowds at the city’s annual Cruise Night.

Also in Streator, the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, a mutual aid organization for police agencies, lent a drone to check roof tops for evidence.

La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said his department has utilized drones a few times. Once was to search for a woman believed to be abducted by a

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