This month, the Grand Rapids Police Department plans to propose a draft set of rules regarding the use of Police Drones, which will most likely pave the way for a purchase request in the near future.

According to Police Chief Eric Winstrom, the rules for the use of police drones will detail the conditions under which the unmanned aircraft will be utilized to assist law enforcement.

This will include investigations into critical incidents, searches, monitoring of large-scale events, investigations into traffic accidents, and investigations into crime scenes.

The Grand Rapids Police Department does not have any drones at this time; however, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police both have drones and have been known to use them within Grand Rapids on occasion.

The presentation of draft rules will not mean that the department has the go-ahead to purchase drones. The Grand Rapids City Commission will still need to give the department permission to…