Police drone excites as it soars to great heights

A Greenville Police Department drone soared several hundred feet over Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church as onlookers oohed and aahed at the sight.

The drone demonstration was part of a behind-the-scenes police department tour that happened during the Greenville Police Community Relations meeting on Tuesday night at the department’s downtown headquarters.

Other parts of the tour included an overview of the department’s gunfire detection system, ShotSpotter, and a tour of the department’s communications center.

The Greenville Police Department currently has three of the unmanned aerial vehicles and plans to purchase another one soon, which is expected to cost upwards of $30,000. The department’s drones can reach altitudes of between 500-800 feet and have a total flight time of about 25 minutes. They can travel anywhere from 25-58 miles an hour and can get into places and allow officers to see what conditions are like before sending people in.

Drone operator Jonathan Young said the

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