DJI Drones Soar into Grand Rapids Police Strategy
Grand Rapids, Michigan is gearing up to introduce Police Drones this September. On Tuesday morning, August 22, the City Commission’s fiscal committee unanimously gave the nod for an approximately $100,000 purchase, accounting for eight DJI drones for law enforcement purposes. The final say on this purchase is slated for the commission’s 7 p.m. meeting.
The items set for purchase encompass six DJI Mavic Enterprise drones, two DJI Matrice 30T drones, along with batteries, kits, carry cases, launch platforms, memory cards, and a yearly Axon Air license.
Grand Rapids Police Chief, Eric Winstrom, elaborated on the multi-faceted uses for these drones. They will come into play during “Search and Rescue operations, fleeing suspect searches, crime scene documentation, standoff situations, and more.”
Policymakers believe that the DJI drones will lead to a notable uptick in departmental efficiency and safety for both officers and the general public. Moreover, the drones…