Jessica Mazzola, part of the NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, recently wrote a piece titled “$75K drone donation prompts high-tech crime-fighting college course” where she highlights drones being leveraged for good by our first responders. In Newark, $75,000 worth of drones were donated to N.J. law enforcement officers. A total of four drones were donated, two of the drones are equipped with thermal imaging and spotlights. The donation comes from FlexRight Solutions, a Pennsylvania company. FlexRight Solutions staff and law enforcement personnel will teach courses at Essex County College.
How does the drone program fit into the established curriculum at Essex County College?
College President Gale Gibson said the course is in line with the school’s focus on supporting law enforcement agencies in Essex County. The school has run the county’s police academy since 1999.
It’s great to see forward thinking people like College President Gibson take advantage of new technologies. Her position on new technology and the impact it has on law enforcement is clear:
“There is no perfect answer, no ‘one size fits all’ method to addressing crime,” she said in a statement.
“However, we should utilize technology – whether it is body cameras, drones, facial recognition software, or surveillance technology – as an option to decrease crime, improve efficiency, ensure professionalism, effectiveness, and improve officer and civilian safety, resulting in overall improvement in our communities.”
Now, if there was only a way to replicate this forward thinking attitude nationwide.