Pennington County Sheriff's Office gets funding for a drone

Pennington County Sheriff's Office ATV vehicle out on a search and rescue mission. (KOTA TV)

RAPID CITY, S.D, (KOTA TV) - Pennington County Commissioners approve $56,000 to fund for the Sheriff's Office to get a drone.

The funds will also include training staff on how to use the drone once it arrives.

Sheriff Kevin Thom said for a couple of years they have been wanting to add the technology to their inventory.

He said they were in the process of purchasing one but decided to go with a different company.

Thom said a drone will help in a number of ways.

"We use them for search and rescue scenarios. You could have a natural disaster to get into an area that you can't get in with a vehicle. We can use it for tactical situations. If our special response team is called out and they want a birds-eye view so to speak of a residence, you can use it for that," Thom said.

The Sheriff's Office is now looking for a new vendor to purchase a drone.