FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – With the crowds turning out for this year’s Three Rivers Festival, city police officers in squad cars and on foot have a lot of ground to cover.

Police drones flying overhead are providing help in protecting the safety of TRF patrons.

The Fort Wayne PD Air Support Unit sends drones up from the top of the Rousseau Centre parking garage, primarily in the evening hours, to offer that critical wider view of festival happenings on the ground below.

Attendance is booming at Junk Food Alley and on the Midway, especially after 7 p.m.

Pilots with the air support unit get drones up in responding to calls for help, and occasionally they will be flown around even if everything seems quiet and under control on the festival property.

The drone operator has a screen to see what the drone sees and laptop computers connected to the drones also provide a view of what things look like from the craft’s perspective.

Officers try to fly the…