ColumbiaMissourian: Meet Officer Drone, the Columbia Police Department’s new tool by Connor Giffin:
As of October, the Columbia Police Department has a new toy: a $20,000 drone.
Other than a helicopter, “nothing beats it,” said Columbia Police Sgt. Chad Craig, author of the department’s drone policy. He’s been flying drones recreationally for years.
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The policy also reinforces that drone use by the department falls under the Fourth Amendment just like any other form of police work would and that the “remote pilot in command” is to contact a supervisor in the event of any warrant uncertainty.