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Mass. State Police add high tech drones to the force

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By: Kainani Stevens

kstevens@abc6.com

FOXBOROUGH, M.A. - Things just got a whole lot easier, and a lot more high tech for Massachusetts State Police.

Troopers and the DOT held a demonstration outside Gillette Stadium on Friday to show off their latest addition.

"If this works and we have success with it, each 3 or 4 teams will take it with them in their cruisers. If they are called out to an accident reconstruction site, they would take the traditional equipment and a UAV," said Sgt. Tim Dowd of Massachusetts State Police.

The new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV will be used to scan a car crash from above.

Allowing State Police to get the information they need in minutes rather than hours.

"We on the State Police hope this will reduce the inconvenience to the public on the highways," said Sgt. Dowd.

This first drone and its programming, was purchased by Mass DOT for $20,000, and at this point the drone is only being used for accident reconstruction.

If all goes to plan with this prototype, State Police are hopeful to upgrade and expand its use in the future.

"Get a sturdier UAV that can fly in inclement weather with infrared capabilities. Hopefully if this program is successful we will continue on to use these UAVs for purposes other than accident reconstruction," added Sgt. Dowd.

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