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25 January 2018
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: State Police to provide demonstration of Unmanned Aerial System Program to the media
George P. Beach II
Beau Duffy
Director of Public Information
(518) 457-2180

The launch of the New York State Police Unmanned Aerial System Program will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.

Members of the State Police will be available to answer questions about the Division’s Unmanned Aerial System Program and provide a drone demonstration to the media on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Troop D Headquarters at 10:00 a.m. Troop D is located at 261 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY 13421.

The demonstration time and location, along with video and sound from the event is embargoed until noon on January 26.

Acquiring and operating the systems provide a significant cost savings over manned aircraft, reducing response times and making operations more efficient and cost-effective. The aerial drones can also be used in dangerous situations and environments, including natural disasters, keeping State Troopers out of harm's way. 

The Unmanned Aerial System can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time than with current methods, resulting in shorter road closures, lessening the impact on motorists. Investigators will also use the aerial drones to document and photograph crime scenes. 

The first four State Police aerial drones will be put into service this month in Troops A, D, F and G. By April 2018, an additional 14 aerial drones will be deployed throughout the state. 

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