Madison police use real-time drone technology to monitor this year’s Shake the Lake

Madison police use real-time drone technology to monitor this year’s Shake the Lake

Madison police are using drone technology to monitor from above during this year’s Shake the Lake event.

According to special events Lt. Dave McCaw, the drones allow officers off-site to see what’s happening from above in real time. He says this will help to find lost children and also have a birds-eye view on crime situations.

“It’s about being prepared,” McCaw said. “It’s the eye in the sky, so it’s the level that you can’t see.”

McCaw said the two drones in the air will be operated and monitored by a crew of about a dozen officers, who will be able to relay information about crisis events in real time.

“It’s a force multiplier,” he said. “And it doesn’t cost a lot. If it helps one kid, it’s paid for itself.”

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