Sheriff's office unveils new drones

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Technology additions to the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and local law enforcement agencies will not include more taxes for citizens. Sheriff Carl Bowen and DCSO purchased new drones and unveiled them Nov. 28.

“In DeWitt County, one of the problems is we don’t have ready aviation available to us,” Bowen noted. “We decided to come up with our own aviation unit.”

In partnership with Project Life Saver, the new equipment was purchased. Both drones include night vision camera capability.

Operators can also use the drones in direct sunlight without interfering with what they’re doing.

To house the equipment, they bought a 5 foot by 8 foot trailer.

Bowen noted the importance of the cost having minimal impact on the taxpayers. The total cost was $30,000.

“What I decided to do was use forfeiture funds and purchase this program [Project Life Saver],” Bowen said.

Devon Energy, Paul Holcomb of Partners Chevrolet and Mike Weaver of Weaver & Jacobs donated to the project as well, per Bowen.

Recently, the Maltrice M100 drone was used for damage assessment after Hurricane Harvey and to check for people that were stranded. The drone was dropped just above the river bridge that was eroding without putting anyone in danger.

“This program is designed to enhance law enforcement,” Bowen stated. “It is available to any agency here that needs it.”

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