Waterloo Regional Police unveil new drone
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:47PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:47PM EDT
Crime scenes in Waterloo Region will now be documented from the sky after the Waterloo Regional Police unveiled their latest purchase Wednesday.
The police service has bought an unnamed aerial device, or more commonly referred to as a drone.
Police say the drone was purchased back in April and cost $85,000.
The drone is made by local company Aeryon Labs.
Police say it will be used to photograph crime scenes, help reconstruct crashes, and even be used for VIP security.
Police say the drone will also help ease the time it takes to investigate a collision. Officers say a normal traffic reconstruction will take about six hours, but using a drone the road should be re-opened within 40 minutes.
Officers say drone video has been used by police for a while, most recently during the ongoing Sprucedale Crescent explosion investigation.
Five officers have been trained to use the drone so far, including knowing how to operate it, but also where they can operate it.