During a news conference this week, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott unveiled the newest addition to the Departmentâ€™s efforts in making our communities safer â€“ A.I.R. Aerial Intelligence and Response.Â Intelligence gathering, surveillance, search and rescue or special responses to critical incidents are now made easier through the use of radio controlled (RC) technology.
Sheriff Lott demonstrated the new technology that will be used to capture criminals, gather intelligence and search for missing persons or suspects (among many other uses).Â The Sheriff stated that radio controlled technology has become more trustworthy, more reliable, less expensive and allows for rapid deployment of an asset that will save time, money and lives.Â Sheriff Lott added that the RC helicopter is very inexpensive and can be deployed very quickly; while more importantly it can identify dangers in the community without putting human beings at risk.
Deputy Marcus Kim, of the Departmentâ€™s Community Action Team, is spearheading the RC program for the Department.Â Deputy Kim has been an international consultant to RC manufacturers and professional RC helicopter pilot for 13 years.Â Sheriff Lott added that in addition to being assigned as the Departmentâ€™s liaison with the Korean Community, and C.A.T. member for the Northeast Area of Richland County, Deputy Kim will work closely with the Special Response Team and Criminal Investigations Division utilizing this technology.
Sheriff Lott stated that this new equipment gives the Department a new edge in the fight against crime.Â The Sheriff added that he will continue to search for innovative ways to fight crime in our communities.
[Photo, from left, Deputy Kim, Sheriff Lott, both of Richland County, along with Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott]
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