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Iowa State Patrol to deploy drone technology at accident scenes


By Wayne Baker | Mar 2, 2020

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The Iowa State Patrol (ISP) is deploying modern technology in order to become more efficient in investigating accident scenes.

Unmanned small aircraft systems, commonly referred to as drones, will be utilized by the state patrol with the intention of grabbing 3D images of accident scenes which will enhance the ability of troopers to gather all of the details of an accident. 

“It’s going to make an entire scene measurable by taking still photos and then going back in and putting them into a system,” Alex Dinkla, with the Iowa State Patrol, told News 6.

The new technology will also allow for a quicker investigation of the crash scene, cutting down on the time roads are closed for an investigation. 

The unmanned systems are not brand new to law enforcement, however, deploying the drones will be something the ISP is trying out for the first time. 

"I can still kind of leave the roadway open. I can fly the drone in a shorter amount of time, get the same amount of data, actually more. The other day I flew a scene the other day where we thought we had all the stuff marked and as we flew the scene we found some new evidence,” senior trooper Aaron Nordyke told News 6.

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