The Bellaire, Texas police department now has a drone of their own to provide public safety and services. Technology has evolved in broad areas of government that it has given smaller and cheaper solutions for various services. Hence, the Bellaire police department is taking to the skies by new drone technology. This drone technology is much more comfortable and cheaper than a helicopter. Lt. Russell Brown said, “We were using a helicopter to chase bad guys in the past, and it was much expensive to do that.” He also said that helicopter was something that an agency of their size could never possibly afford. The hum of a crewless aircraft is no less than a blessing for a department that never has a helicopter of its own.
This new drone is the gift from Bellaire police and the fire foundation. Because of the foundation, the police department now owns two Mavic drones and one Matrice M210 drone. These drones can go 50 miles an hour. Moreover, it has a range as long as human eyes can see it visually, which is three miles. The drone can go up to four hundred feet high. “The drone has a thermal camera that can see a human walking on the street or even a warm vehicle that was recently parked.”, said licensed drone pilot officer Aarob Lysack.
The thermal camera on this drone can zoom up to 30 times optical and 180 times digital. The drone program’s capabilities were put to the test when the west University police were chasing a runaway burglary suspect. The drone camera was able to locate the suspect before the police department. Hence, the police department was able to track the suspect faster with the help of the drone. The drone was just a block away when the suspect was trying to run through a backyard in the 4100 blocks of Dartmouth. The thermal camera also captures the moment the suspect attempted to get rid of his backpack. Police found some stolen items and a gun in his backpack. The drone camera documented the crime scene with a video ready to present in the court as proof. The thermal camera will also help the fire department to find hot areas and dangerous fires.