Wilmington police have begun using a small drone to survey crime scenes, sometimes in place of a helicopter.
Police tell WDEL Radio (http://bit.ly/1BPnWuo ) the department purchased the drone about eight months ago, and it has flown several times.
Master Sgt. Adam Ringle says police have been using the drone to take aerial footage of homicide or crime scenes where they were not able to get images before. Police say the drone saves money, time and manpower by allowing for a quick look from the sky rather than a larger search on the ground.
The drone cost $1,500. It takes high-definition video and is remote controlled through a smartphone or tablet.
Ringle says the police department was amazed at the drone’s image quality and how easily it can be used.