NY State Police to Begin Using Drones

OLD BETHPAGE, NY - AUGUST 30:  A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York on August 30, 2015.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Capital Region is one of four regions where State Police will begin using unmanned drones.

Starting this month drones will be used for state police law enforcement and public safety missions. 

The advantages drones offer, according to the Governor's office, include a significant cost savings when compared to manned aircraft, faster response times, and the fact that drones can be used in dangerous situations, including natural disasters, to keep troopers out of harm's way.  

Unmanned drones will also be used to photograph and document crime scenes and serious traffic accidents.

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