10/30/2013

Sheriff Joe wants drones to hover over jails

The drones would address the issue of drugs being thrown over the jail walls

By Christopher Sign
ABC 15

PHOENIX — From his corner office in a downtown Phoenix high rise, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can see quite a bit, but he wants tools to allow him to view even more.

Arpaio confirms to ABC15 he has a plan to use drones, if he can get them.

While Arpaio didn't specify exactly the types of drones he wants, at a Tuesday press conference, he said the models they're eyeing are between $5,000 and $20,000, and he'd like them outfitted with cameras and infrared capabilities. The first drone, if obtained, would circle or hover in the areas above Arpaio's jails, he explained.

Full Story: Sheriff Joe Arpaio confirms to ABC15 he is hoping to get 2 unmanned drones

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