MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mount Pleasant Police Department has acquired an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) as a tool to assist in law enforcement operations.
Police say this new tool will be available for use in missing person cases, disaster response, HAZMAT response, barricaded persons, serious traffic collisions, special events, and any other instance where there is a need for an aerial perspective.
“In the case of a missing child or person, this system will allow us to access more areas than just having officers working on the ground,” said Inspector Chip Googe. “The UAS will also allow us more security options during special events like the Bridge Run and the Children’s Day Festival.”
The Mount Pleasant Police Department received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to begin operations and the initial training of the six officers who will operate the UAS was donated by SkyView Aerial Solutions.
“Our law enforcement men and women are selfless servants and they never stop protecting our communities. They deserve the best equipment and training to help them perform this great work,” says SkyView CEO Tom Fernandez. “For over 2-years, SkyView Aerial Solutions has used drones commercially and for public safety all over South Carolina. Our experience is vast and we have learned many valuable lessons. Therefore, we donated our time to the Mount Pleasant Police Department to teach them what we know about small drones. Our donation is but a small token of appreciation for all that they do for us.”
“The use of the UAS will enhance the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s ability to effectively serve our citizens and is an opportunity for us to use technology to keep the community and officers safe,” says Chief Carl Ritchie.