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Leesburg Police Department Introduce Newest Addition

Post Date:11/07/2018 3:26 PM

On Wednesday, the Leesburg Police Department introduced the newest addition to the agency: a lightweight, four-propeller, camera-equipped Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

An Unmanned Aircraft System, commonly referred to as a drone, is an aircraft without a pilot onboard controlled from an operator on the ground.   All remote operators must earn certification for drone operation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  One operator, Master Police Officer Kevin Zodrow, is currently certified to pilot the drone and Leesburg police hope to have another operator within the next few months. 
Below are some examples of what police procedures the drone can be used for:

• Search and rescue
• Traffic accident reconstruction
• Flood assessments 
• Dangerous situations 

A demonstration of the drone’s capabilities and information about the Leesburg Police Department's drone program were also presented to the media on Wednesday.   Members of the community are encouraged to contact the department's Public Information Office (PIO), Officer Sam Shenouda, if they have any questions about the drone program. 

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Media Contact:
Officer Sam Shenouda, Public Information Officer
Email: sshenouda@leesburgva.gov . 703-771-4538