Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the purchase of a DJI Matrice 300 RTK Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
The Matrice 300 has a HD video camera with 200x max zoom, thermal imaging, object tracking, a spotlight, and other state-of-the-art capabilities. It features separate pilot and camera controls.
The Matrice 300 measures 32” long, 26” wide, 17” tall and weighs 14 pounds. It has a 55-minute maximum flight time and a maximum range of 9 miles.
Sheriff Mitchell said the UAS will be an essential tool for locating missing or lost persons, drownings, inmate escapees, wanted persons, and community safety.
The UAS Team will be composed of highly trained, motivated members of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, September 1, members attended an all-day training class to become familiar with the features and operation of the UAS. All members were able to pilot the UAS and operate the camera controls. The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office will abide by all FAA regulations, and all UAS members will obtain pilot licenses and certifications.
There have been many cases of missing and lost persons in the past in Sabine Parish, some of these ended tragically. Chief Deputy Brad Walker said the #1 goal of the UAS program is to be able to locate these individuals and bring them home safely. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Chief Deputy Walker or UAS Coordinator Trevor Beason at 318-590-9475.
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