Fort Smith PD Swat Team Has New Robot Helper


Fort Smith police have a new resource to keep them safe while on SWAT operations. 

It’s a more than $15,000 tactical robot, also known as a “throw-bot,” granted to the department by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. 

The device is used during SWAT operations. It can be dropped into homes or thrown into an area as a way to show officers where a suspect is hiding. 

“It feeds the live video back to a handheld unit that our SWAT operators can then see where the individual is, with the goal being to save lives not just of the officers, but of the individual,” said Aric Mitchell, Fort Smith police spokesman.

The Fort Smith Police Department has already been able to use the tactical robot

Firehouse Subs raised the money for it through Pickle Bucket sales and customer donations. 

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