(TNS) — University of Arkansas at Fort Smith police are taking to the sky for their latest innovation — and they’re bringing the university with them.
UAFS Police Chief Ray Ottman on Wednesday announced campus police will use drones in their operations for the 2019-20 school year. Their drone usage will afford the University opportunities to incorporate new technology into their education, he said.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Ottman said.
UAFS police are using drones as part of a regional goal for multiple law enforcement agencies to have drone operators, Ottman said. From this standpoint, he said, drones can provide perspective for large-scale events like vehicle pursuits and data analysis for events like car crashes.
From an educational standpoint, the drones can be implemented in UAFS’ data analysis program, where they can be used to perform pertinent tasks such as documenting geographic coordinates and measurements from the air.