Drone Program Gives Modesto Police A Crime-Fighting Eye In The Sky

MODESTO (CBS13) — The Modesto Police Department is teaming up with Axon, a company that develops everything from body cameras to drones, all in an effort to beef up enforcement and keep people safe.

One of the tools officers are using to fight crime is called the Axon Air.

Officers with the Modesto Police Department’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit are taking flight around the community. The team uses 11 drones to fight crime.

“We’ve been realizing that it’s a force multiplier for us so that we are able to do more with less resources,” said Lt. Ivan Valencia, Modesto Police Department.

Thirteen officers are assigned to the UAV. Each of them is well-trained in operating a variety of drones including the newest platform, the Axon air.

“People have actually surrendered to drones now. They see them up in the air, and they feel like there is no sense is running anymore because they are

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