The Air Support Unit of the Fort Wayne Police Department has flown drones 100 times and is now ready to start the Drone as First Responder Program.

Since 2017, the unit has made significant strides in its Drone Technology, evolving from non-zooming, non-thermal cameras to a drone with cameras that allow the Air Support Unit to assess situations before First Responders arrive on the scene.

The program’s DJI Matrice 300 drone is currently stationed on top of the Three Rivers Apartment Complex but is planned to expand to three other locations, including Lutheran Downtown Hospital, Parkview Hospital Randallia, and Glenbrook Square, as the weather warms up.

The Drones as First Responders program

The Drones as First Responders program will help officers determine whether a call can be ignored or no dispatch is needed. In the first 100 drone flights, the unmanned aircraft was first on the scene 72% of the time.

The DJI Matrice 300 of M300, arrived an average of 2.1…