Salisbury police eyeing drone program

SALISBURY — A specially equipped drone is expected to fly over the police station on Beach Road next week as part of a demonstration of what could become the town’s newest law enforcement tool.

Police Chief Thomas Fowler said a Rhode Island-based company is scheduled to visit the station to show what a police drone could mean in terms of rescue operations, inspecting suspicious packages and even measuring beach erosion. 

“It would be a ‘nice to have’ not a ‘need to have,” Fowler said. 

The idea came courtesy of Detective Keith Forget, who attended a training session for unmanned aerial vehicles and thought the Police Department could benefit. 

“I thought to myself, ‘This is a great technology,’ so I brought it to the chief’s attention and he agreed,” Forget said.

Fowler said a drone could be used not just for the department but also the town’s emergency management operations and the building inspector. Officials from those departments and

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