New eyes in the sky to assist in pursuits and crime scenes investigations, plus search and rescue operations.
San Bernardino Police Detective Devin Peck, (in mirror, at center), flies a drone with a camera mounted to see inside of a vehicle, as they train in a pursuit scenario at Wildwood Park on Tuesday, April 26. The department is launching a drone program with a 3-person team led by Sgt. John Cardillo.
By DAVID DOWNEY
Lifting off from a city park, the quadcopter’s loud buzz brought to mind an angry swarm of bees more than the cavalry coming to the rescue.
With glowing green and red lights that looked like eyes, the drone then flew to a waiting parked car, carrying a wide-angle camera the way an eagle transports a fish in its talons.
The quadcopter hovered, its camera trained on the driver’s window.
“Let’s just start seeing what we can see and playing with distances,” said Sgt. John Cardillo, as a three-hour practice with the San Bernardino Police Department’s new drone got underway Tuesday at Wildwood Park.