Tech plays larger role in Jefferson City police operations
Improving efficiency, protecting the public and protecting officers.
Those are the three criteria Jefferson City Police Chief Eric Wilde said he considers when making decisions about spending department funds on technology. Looking at what they have now, Wilde said they have met those criteria.
"The costs for the technology the department will need to effectively combat crime in the future will continue to rise, but we have to keep making that investment," Wilde said.
JCPD Sgt. Andy Lenert is in charge of many of the department tech devices, such as remote-controlled drones.
Lenert and the three other members of the department assigned to do drone work have to obtain a remote pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. This certificate demonstrates they understand the regulations, operating requirements and procedures for safely flying drones. The FAA says drones can fly at or below 400 feet in controlled airspace.