GPD will use remote-controlled helicopter to document accident scenes

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GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department has invested in a new piece of equipment that’s generating quite a buzz among local public safety officials.

Last week, the department received a highly anticipated package in the mail: its first drone quadcopter, a remote-control-operated helicopter with a mount on the bottom where users can attach a camera.

The total investment was about $1,000. The aircraft, a DJI Phantom Drone Quadcopter, cost about $600, and the small GoPro camera that attaches to the bottom was an additional $400. The department hopes to purchase a second helicopter in the coming weeks.

The cost is covered by the department’s equipment fund.

The copter has a range of 300 meters, or about 984 feet.

The battery-operated copter will be primarily used for taking aerial photos and video of accident scenes, which will help officers document a crash for their reports, Police Chief John Jester said.

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