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Tucsonan donates drone to the Tucson Police Department

Posted at 10:34 PM, Mar 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-24 01:49:27-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Tucson Police Department received a drone from a member of the community Tuesday.

The drone will help police map crashes, photograph large crime scenes and search for missing people, according to a press release from TPD. Eventually, the department wants to deploy drones with SWAT teams and Bomb Squads.

Tucsonan Brian Gant said "I didn't want to just donate to a Goodwill or anything. I was looking for maybe a youth organization. But then I stumbled across the website for the national drone donation team [The National Public Safety Drone Donation Program] and got in touch with them after seeing that they had someone here in the Tucson area. And decided this was probably the best to assure that the drone got a life usage and actually got put to good use."

Tucson Police says the first step is training more drone operators.

So far, the department has two licensed operators, with a goal to license over 100 operators.

There were three additional donations made totaling more than $8000;