Douglas County sheriff says drones help for safety, not surveillance

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO)– The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office used a drone to resolve a possible standoff in May. The sheriff’s office bought two drones with the help of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council.

“We use the drones to help people, for public safety, not for criminal surveillance,” Sheriff Ron Pierini said in a statement. “The mission would be to locate a missing child, or an armed suspect.”

In May, the incident involved an armed person near Painted Rock in the Johnson Lane area. The drone found the person and kept the person under observation while a crisis negotiator convinced the person to leave the weapons behind and come out. The person was taken to a mental health facility.

The DCSO considers the drone another way to get information.

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