Highway Patrol hoping for funding to buy a drone

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol hopes to get new technology to improve officer safety.

The 2019 budget proposal includes $15,000 to buy a new drone. Just this week, we saw an example of how it helps our law enforcement.

Burleigh County Sheriff’s Corporal Jared Lemieux says his department has used a drone for more than a year now.

“I use mine almost every single shift,” he said.

It is one of a few in the state for law enforcement and now Highway Patrol hopes to get its first one.

“It’s just another aspect of technology that can assist the department,” Sgt. Wade Kadrmas with the Highway Patrol said.

Kadrmas says the department could use it for a number of things like mapping out crime scenes or taking pictures of accidents. But most importantly, it provides safer options for our law enforcement.

“We are trained that distance is our friend,” Kadrmas said.

“We’re able to view the suspect to try and determine if he has any weapons and maybe formulate a plan on how to go in and apprehend the suspect,” he added.

That was the case on Monday when Highway Patrol and Burleigh County worked together to arrest a suspect who stole a tow-truck and ran into a field.

“In this situation where we can use the drone, you can stand back about 1,000 feet,” Lemieux said.

The sheriff’s office said it has even used the drone during fires to help provide the fire department as much information as possible.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

Amber's Monday Morning One Minute Forecast 11/18

Thumbnail for the video titled "Amber's Monday Morning One Minute Forecast 11/18"

Monday: Increasing Wind With Some Afternoon Sun

Thumbnail for the video titled "Monday: Increasing Wind With Some Afternoon Sun"

Synchronized Skating

Thumbnail for the video titled "Synchronized Skating"

Dickinson State Football

Thumbnail for the video titled "Dickinson State Football"

Top Plays

Thumbnail for the video titled "Top Plays"

ND Outdoors 11-17

Thumbnail for the video titled "ND Outdoors 11-17"

Suspect Loose

Thumbnail for the video titled "Suspect Loose"

Unattended Cars

Thumbnail for the video titled "Unattended Cars"

Recycling

Thumbnail for the video titled "Recycling"

Berthold Holiday Drive

Thumbnail for the video titled "Berthold Holiday Drive"

Robert's One Minute Forecast 11-17

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert's One Minute Forecast 11-17"

Baby Event

Thumbnail for the video titled "Baby Event"

Hospice Tree Lighting

Thumbnail for the video titled "Hospice Tree Lighting"

Ryan Fans

Thumbnail for the video titled "Ryan Fans"

College Football

Thumbnail for the video titled "College Football"

WDA Volleyball

Thumbnail for the video titled "WDA Volleyball"

Girl's State Swimming

Thumbnail for the video titled "Girl's State Swimming"

Holiday Cooking

Thumbnail for the video titled "Holiday Cooking"

Winter Pet Safety

Thumbnail for the video titled "Winter Pet Safety"
More Video

KX News Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Daily Pledge

More Daily Pledge