Fayette County adds drones to workforce

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher takes the drone out to practice a couple times a week.

He says the video quality continues to impress him.

"I'm always looking for tools to better assist my agency and my deputies," he said.

Fisher's interest in drones is nothing new. He worked to get the department a drone for more than a year.

He says it will help deputies cover such a large geographical area.

"So this might help us scout those hidden valleys and so forth," Fisher said.

Because the county has such a diverse terrain, Sheriff Fisher says the drone will be particularly useful for search and rescue missions. The state park is just one area the sheriff's office has had issues in the past.

"In 2001 we had 11 missing persons in that 12 month period. And nine of them were in that Volga Lake project," Fisher said.

Sheriff Fisher says the drone will cut down search times. It's also another way to collect evidence.

Fayette County Sheriff's Department has two drones. Both were purchased through drug forfeiture money.