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Michigan State Police gets drone approval from FAA

Mar 9, 2015

The Michigan State Police bought an Aeryon SkyRanger in September 2013.
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The Michigan State Police has become the first law enforcement agency with permission to use a drone statewide.

The state police purchased a drone in September 2013.

Since then, the agency has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to meet safety and training requirements.

The FAA officially cleared the state police to use the drone last month.

Police officials say it will be especially useful for search and rescue missions, as well as crime scene and accident investigations.

A demonstration flight is planned for Wednesday in Lansing.