Police go up in the air to lay down the law

West Virginia

The Ranson Police Department is taking law enforcement to new heights with its brand new drone program.

“There’s a wide variety of things that we can do with it. The search and rescue aspect is a big thing for the area that we’re at,” said Sgt. Keith Sigulinsky. “We have a lot of river rescues. Especially this time of year, people are starting to go back on the river more.”

The total cost of training and equipment came out to just around $30,000 for the department. And including Sigulinsky, the department only has two officers who are trained and licensed to operate the drones. 

“We just got the latest drone, and we were already called in by the fire marshal to go out and inspect the house that they had some suspicions about, they wanted aerial videos and photos of it,” said Sigulinsky.

The department is also able to send in drones to scout out dangerous situations instead of sending in officers. However, the Ranson Police Department just hopes to protect and serve.

“If we can find somebody that’s missing or a child or save somebody’s life somewhere along the way,” said Sigulinsky. “It’s already paid for itself as far as we’re concerned.”

The officers at the police department believe that it is important to keep up with new technologies to better protect the people.

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