Valparaiso Indiana Police have begun using UAS to assist during investigations, search missing people and capturing crime scenes, police said.
The department included two drones in their program, which are equipped with cameras, thermal imaging, and holds two certifications for use by the FAA.
IT Officer Phil Rochon said the more advanced level of certification allows for some use at night.
According to Valparaiso spokesman, Sgt. Mike Grennes, drones are specially useful during missing person investigations. Also, the UAS allow officers to check wide areas and cover fields that are difficult to see on foot.
Rochon explained thermal imaging can help locate people and other items that might be discarded.