LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Drones…it’s a word some may hear, but an item you might not have seen.
“Flying”, this remote-controlled aircraft, is owned by Michigan state police, but its open for any governmental department in Michigan to use.
“It’s really used for crime scene, aerial photography, uh we use, a few fire scenes as well as accident scenes, ugh just that aerial photograph that you can provide the investigator.” Sgt. Matt Rogers, tactical flight officer of Michigan State Police said.
Sergeant Matt Rogers is a tactical flight officer for Michigan state police.
He said MSP drones are used most, to take overhead photos after car accidents.
“That accident investigator is certainty able to rebuild that crash scene much easier, because they got that visual picture, they got every single vehicle its final resting spot” Sgt. Rogers said.
Michigan state police say they have to fulfill many strict guidelines before they take the drone out. That includes approval from the FAA, knowing wind speeds, having a registered pilot on the ground, and the list goes on.
“We cannot fly over large groups of people we have to remain in line of sight” Rogers said.
This drone is able to fly in 30 mph winds, and withstand cold temperatures.
Rogers anticipates using the drone in the winter months to come.