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Sheriff's Office UAV Program Hits the Skies in Pueblo County
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Pueblo, CO: The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program that is adding a bird’s-eye view to law enforcement work in Pueblo County.

The new S.O.A.R.R. (Sheriff’s Office Aerial Response and Rescue) Team recently was formed, allowing the Sheriff’s Office to now utilize the technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – or commonly known as drones - in responding to certain calls in Pueblo County.

“We are pleased to bring this advancing technology to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “We are looking forward to the benefits the UAVs are going to bring us in conducting searches, helping with rescues and with the mapping of crime scenes and serious traffic accidents. This is going to be a tremendous asset to Pueblo County as well as our surrounding counties.”

The 13-member S.O.A.R.R. Team, which is under the leadership of Captain Steve Bryant, has been training for more than a year to pilot the four uniquely different models of UAVs purchased with a $30,000 Department of Homeland Security grant. The DHS grant was awarded to Pueblo County as part of the South Region, which consists of five counties including Fremont, Huerfano, Custer and Las Animas. The equipment is considered a regional asset, allowing for the PCSO S.O.A.R.R. Team to be deployed anywhere in the region at the request of the County Sheriff.

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