Portsmouth council OKs purchase of drone by Police Dept.

The Police Department can now move forward to purchase its first drone after the City Council voted unanimously to approve a grant of almost $70,000 to pay for the device.

Police Chief Robert Merner said the $69,638 grant from Homeland Security will pay to purchase the small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV), which is more commonly known as a drone, along with the cost of training officers and maintenance of the drone.

He sought to dispel several myths about drones while appearing before the council Monday night, including that “law enforcement wants to use the drone to watch the general public from the skies” …


Seacoastonline.com (Portsmouth, NH) | Oct. 17, 2018

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