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