Sheriff: Applications for drone are endless

October 30, 2014

CHIPPEWA FALLS The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has a new piece of equipment that it says can keep deputies out of harm's way.

Deputies say the possibilities for their drone are many. Sheriff James Kowalczyk (koh-WAHL'-chek) says it could be used for search warrants, for finding lost children or for accident reconstruction. He says the applications for its use are endless.

The sheriff tells WEAU-TV (http://bit.ly/1sJGJxr ) the drone cost $1,700 and is relatively easy to operate. It just takes about 20 minutes of training.

The sheriff's department demonstrated its new Phantom 2 Vision drone Wednesday. Kowalczyk says his department will use the drone selectively with search and seizure laws in mind.