June 30, 2011
The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement.
The department has been testing and evaluating two battery-operated, remote-controlled aircraft over a small, restricted airspace near Lake Arlington Dam, away from populated areas.
Arlington hopes to demonstrate the aircraft’s potential law enforcement uses. All flight data is recorded and sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for evaluation.
“All of the U.S. and the FAA is depending on our testing and experiment, our experimentation to create a model for law enforcement usage of these vehicles,” Police Chief Theron Bowman said.