New drone to help police collect evidence, find missing people in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., now have a new device that’s aimed at helping officers search and collect evidence from a bird’s-eye view.

Traffic Unit Sergeant Gordon Snyder introduced the force’s new drone on Wednesday afternoon, also known as the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

“We’re going to be using it for a lot of different aspects and we’re happy to have it as part of our kit now,” Sgt. Snyder said. 

According to Sergeant Snyder, five officers have been trained for two weeks on how to use the new device. (Christina Jung / CBC)

The drone will be used for tasks such as searching for missing people in areas that are not easily accessible by foot, as well as collecting evidence of fatal collisions.

“Some of the things we’ll be able to use it for, first and foremost, is evidence,” Snyder explained.

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