Deputies & Drones: Upstate sheriff’s office adds new eyes to force

CHEROKEE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate sheriff’s office has a new high-tech tool to keep you safe.

Cherokee County officials now have an extra set of eyes in the sky—a set of eyes that will save lives and save money at the same time.

With the newly added drones, deputies say they’re able to cover 60% more area than they normally would, in a smaller amount of time.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller says, with the size of the county, they really can’t afford a helicopter.

In the past, they’ve had to ask neighboring agencies for aviation assistance, but with the drones, deputies say that help will be less necessary.

They can assemble and deploy the device in only about 15 minutes, whereas it may take up to an hour for a helicopter to get to a scene, officials say.

This new device will help the sheriff’s office when responding to car crashes, catching criminals, finding missing persons, and so much more.

The Sheriff’s Office was able to get the drones with a grant they received from Duke Energy.

Also, money seized from drug busts will help pay for the training the officers will need to learn how to use the drones.

Only two other agencies in the state are using drones right now, according to the sheriff’s office.

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