Sahuarita Police Department first in AZ to use drones to fight crime

SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) –

The first law enforcement agency in the state of Arizona is now using drones to help them fight crime and assist with investigations.

“I’m looking at 360 degrees around them – in case someone tries to come over and ambush them,” Officer Raul Mata with the Sahuarita Police Department said.

The Sahuarita Police Department showed Tucson News Now actual footage shot from their new Phantom 4 Series Drone as they searched for a suspect at a cement plant.

“There’s a possibility someone could be inside that building,” Officer Raul Mata said.

The department’s two drones can travel up to 45 miles an hour with a 30 minute flight time before they need to be re-charged. There is an iPad attached to the controller that captures video from the drone camera in real time. Officer Raul Mata just became certified by the FAA to pilot the drone. He said they’ll be instrumental for helping to locate missing hikers.