April 28, 2022 03:30

The Myrtle Creek Police Department thanks local businesses and individuals who supported and donated money to help them purchase a drone.

Police Chief Jonathan Brewster said Officer Matt Kennedy came up with the idea and saw the benefits of having a drone available to the department. Brewster said Kennedy reached out to local businesses and was able to secure $7,250 in donations, which will be enough to purchase a drone that will meet the department’s needs.

Brewster said the drone would be considered for deployment for the following reasons:

*When there is a report of a missing child or a missing person with a mental disability such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

* Search and rescue missions or natural disaster where the drone could benefit public safety

* When a suspect is at large, poses a threat to the public, and a perimeter has been set up by law enforcement with a specific area the suspect is believed to be in

* When permission from a judge is granted through a search warrant application

Brewster thanked these donors: Grocery Outlet, Ireland Trucking, Ray’s Food Place, DR Johnson, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Tower Timber, Myrtle Creek Abby’s Pizza and Myrtle Creek MSK True Value.


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