Aurora emergency officials recently used more than 80 people to look for a missing man.
A helicopter was deployed, but it could only get so low — not low enough to be of help in looking for the missing person.
Aurora Police Sgt. Andy Walcott said what would have worked well was an unmanned aircraft, better known as a drone.
“There is a huge manpower savings,” he said recently to aldermen on the Aurora City Council Finance Committee.
Federal Aviation Administration, which allows a special operator’s license for individuals, “allowing more commercial uses of drones,” Walcott said.
In Aurora, finding missing persons would be one of the major uses for the drones, he said. He said they also have great application for traffic accident reconstruction because of their ability to fly over and photograph an accident site.
Walcott said other police agencies