Long wing of the law
Law enforcement use of drones is on the rise. Drones are considered an affordable alternative for local and state law enforcement officials to owning a helicopter. The cost savings, according to Texas' Montgomery County Sherriff's Office, is $30 an hour to operate a Shadowhawk drone versus $500 an hour for a helicopter.
The police helicopter-style drone pictured here comes equipped with a high-definition camera and infrared sensors for detecting and tracking objects from below. Mesa County has purchased a second drone from Falcon UAV that it credits for locating lost hikers in a remote area.