Eyes in the sky – The sheriff’s office seeks drones for investigative use

SANTA CRUZ By January, if the public supports the idea, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office plans to be the first public agency in the county to operate a drone.

The idea: Use the air-surveillance tool to catch criminals in public-safety emergencies, Undersheriff Craig Wilson said.

The addition will cost roughly $20,000 to buy two or three drones — about $3,000 each — and train up to eight deputies to operate them when needed.

“Neighborhood children have drones,” said Wilson, who serves on the Sentinel’s editorial board. “We’re just getting the technology.”

The sheriff’s office used a drone to monitor a suspected

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