Two South Carolina law enforcement agencies launched a surveillance program, using employing radio-controlled helicopters to gather intelligence in locations considered too hazardous for law enforcement officers.
The Ariel Intelligence and Response (A.I.R.) program will be a joint program by the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Columbia Police Department. The agencies unveiled the radio-controlled unmanned craft at a press conference on Tuesday, reports WLTX.
The agencies plan to use the craft to assist patrol officers during foot pursuits across jurisdictional boundaries. The small helicopters include cameras, and a weapon can be mounted if needed.
Read the full story at WLTX.com. Watch a video of the demonstration: