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NY State Police to deploy aerial drones across state

New York state troopers are getting more eyes in the sky.

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 10:54 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state troopers are getting more eyes in the sky.

Officials announced Wednesday that 18 new unmanned aircraft soon will be deployed throughout the state to assist New York State Police with disaster response, traffic safety, crime scene photography and other tasks.

The first four drones will begin service this month, with 10 more joining the fleet by April.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the drones state-of-the-art technology and said they will improve the state police's ability to respond to situations quickly and effectively. Officials say the equipment will also protect troopers by doing jobs too hazardous for humans.

The drones will be donated by the New York State Trooper Foundation, a charity that raises private funds for state police training and equipment.

The state police aviation unit uses helicopters and airplanes.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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