Drone use taking off for police, firefighters in Eugene and Springfield

The Register-Guard, Dylan Darling

Police had the place surrounded but needed a closer look. So they sent in the drones. Eugene police flew their drones late last month as they searched for a possible armed suspect hiding in a home, with one drone hovering high overhead and the second bobbing outside a second-story window. The Sept. 25 drone mission, one of seven so far since Eugene police acquired the drones in April, didn’t reveal a suspect — he wasn’t inside the home — but it reaffirmed the value of the high-tech tool.

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