Minnesota Sheriff’s Office using drones to save lives

Yes, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is using “unmanned aerial vehicles,” more commonly known as drones, in ways that may be surprising and — in some cases — also save lives.

Drones were originally used in military applications in situations deemed too dangerous for humans, but they are growing in popularity and deployed for other purposes such as policing, surveillance, product deliveries and aerial photography, just to name a few.

Crow Wing County’s drone program has been up and running for almost two years, according to Emergency Management Director John Bowen, who gave an update last month to the county board at a committee of the whole informational meeting …


The Bemidji Pioneer | Jan. 27, 2019

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