Lenoir Co. agencies to utilize drone for search & rescue, policing from above

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Several law enforcement agencies are working on getting a better view of Lenoir County from the air, in order to protect citizens.

The sheriff’s office, emergency management, Kinston Police, and fire and rescue are purchasing a drone. It will be used for search and rescue missions and policing areas from above.

“We can use a drone to go in and do aerial surveillance without sending an officer in the line of fire, so to speak, or in harm’s way,” explained Samuel Kornegay, emergency management planner.

The unmanned drone will cost about $18,000. It will be financed through grants and drug forfeiture money.

The drone must get FAA approval before it’s used in public.

Eleven people from the various agencies are learning how to operate the drone through classes at Lenoir Community College.

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