St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to acquire new drone
BY JIMMY LAWTON
North Country This Week
CANTON — St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a new drone.
On Monday legislators approved a $24,500 budget transfer from the unreserved unappropriated fund balance to the Sheriff’s “CRIM highway & street equipment fund.”The total cost was expected to be as much as $50,0000, however the county has received a terrorism prevention and response grant that will cover $44,151.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe said in recent meetings that the drone will be used for rescue operations and criminal investigations.
Bigwarfe said the drone could be borrowed by the county or other police agencies in the county, but would require a licensed operator.
Bigwarfe said the drone would not be in the air most of the time and that usage would be logged.
He said he wouldn’t be flying it over homes for no reason and that it’s not something that would be used on a daily basis.
According to the resolution the drone will provide assistance with community security situations, search and rescue calls, quicker apprehension of criminals, larger oversight of big crowds and active shooter scenes, accident or crime scene reconstruction information and safety and security maintenance for incidents that may involve the correctional facility.