According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Madison Police Department successfully utilized an unmanned aerial vehicle to locate a man in a densely forested area in late May who they said allegedly wanted to harm himself.
“Police activated the unmanned aircraft system [drone], since that seemed to be the best alternative to get a better view of the area and a potentially hiding subject,” explained police officer Howard Payne.
Drones have increasingly become a tool for not only law enforcement but for search and rescue services and firefighters. Besides their general affordability and fairly user-friendly learning process, drones provide these groups with the priceless advantage of having a bird’s-eye view before even approaching dangerous situations, and sending people into harm’s way. In this particular case, however, the UAV was used to locate someone potentially putting himself in danger.
“Missing persons cases, pursuing fleeing suspects and