Benton County Sheriff’s Office Takes to Skies with New Drone


BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA) — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has invested in a new tool to put eyes in the sky and keep you safe at the same time.

The department recently purchased an  industrial-sized drone. It is about four times the size of a recreational drone. It also has a a number of capabilities including an HD camera and heat sensor. That sensor can be used for body detection during a missing persons search.The high definition camera was recently used at “First Friday” in Bentonville to monitor the large crowd and observe from above instead of having a helicopter hover over people.

The man who operates the drone is Maj. Robert Bersi. Bersi said the new tool will be most useful during flooding.

“You can get a birds eye view of the damage or you can see just where the water is, what roadways are flooded without actually having to drive down to them and find out and also check to see if there are houses cut off by water,” explained Bersi.

Bersi also adds that this drone has swift water rescue capabilities. The operator can attach a rope up to 14 lbs and fly it out to someone in the water instead of dropping in a diver.

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