New Drone Technology for Benton County Sheriff’s Office

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BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA)- A new tool is helping the Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BSCO) to put eyes in the sky and keep people safe at the same time. 

The industrial-sized drone is four times the size of a drone you could be at the store, and has an HD camera and heat sensor. 

The sensor can be used for things like body detection during a missing person search. 

The drone will be used to monitor events with large crowds, or natural disasters, like flooding. 

“You can get a bird’s-eye view of the damage or you can see just where the water is, what roadways are flooded without actually having to drive down to them, and find out and also check to see if there are houses cut off by water,” says Maj. Robert Bersi, BCSO’s Drone Operator.

Maj. Bersi also adds the drone has swift water rescue capabilities. Rescue crews can attach a rope up to 14 lbs., and fly it out to someone in the water instead of dropping in a diver. 

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