Fairbanks to consider adding drone to police department

The Fairbanks Police Department could be adding a drone to its crime-fighting toolbox soon.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks Police Department could be adding a drone to its crime-fighting toolbox soon.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the City Council on Monday will decide whether to approve a resolution that would accept almost $32,000 from a U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored grant.

Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon says the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is based on crime rates and does not require matching funds.

The grant would provide $7,000 for an unmanned aerial system, $1,500 for a crisis negotiator telephone system, $6,000 for a long-range acoustic device, $5,000 for body-worn cameras and about $12,000 for a cloud-based evidence-discovery system.

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