Tri-C Drone Academy leads to launch of Parma PD program
October 19, 2017
The Parma Police Department launched a new program thanks to Cuyahoga Community College's Drone Academy, according to a story on cleveland.com.
Ten officers with the department are seeking drone operator licenses through the Federal Aviation Administration after receiving training through the College’s KeyBank Public Safety Training Center at the Western Campus.
The city intends to use drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — to safely assist officers and scan wide areas during searches for missing persons or dangerous suspects. Drones also will be used to assist the Parma Fire Department.
The department recently showcased the abilities of drones during a demonstration at a Parma City Council meeting.
Tri-C’s one-week Drone Academy introduces first responders to drone technology, including its capabilities and uses in law enforcement and other emergency response situations. The course provides hands-on experience via simulations and practice drills. The next round of classes will begin in the spring. For more information, visit the Tri-C Drone Academy page.