In Bossier Parish, Louisiana a deputy is the driving force behind police drone use. From providing aid during emergencies to finding teenage runaways, drones have become a valuable tool in the Bossier Sheriff’s Office arsenal.
When an EF2 tornado ripped through the outskirts of Plain Dealing in January, a Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputy deployed a drone to survey the damage from the air in order to best help residents, even aiding in providing the National Weather Service information on the tornado’s impact and path.
In March, when three teenage runaways were hiding in the woods at nighttime off of Highway 80 in Princeton, a Bossier deputy deployed a drone using thermal imaging, and within a minute of launch, he located the three teens.
The use of drones, known as unmanned aerial vehicles or systems (UAVs/UASs), are providing an invaluable tool for law enforcement, technology that Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has embraced because of its impact on public safety.