Licking County Sheriff’s Office purchases first drone with donation from Park National Bank
NEWARK, Ohio – The Park National Bank (Park) is partnering with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and made a $5,000 donation to help purchase the office’s first drone. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that will function under remote control by a human operator. It will provide airborne search and rescue support to the sheriff’s office Project Lifesaver program that aids caregivers and families of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, Down syndrome and other related conditions.
The drone will also provide airborne support for search and rescue missions, barricade situations and any other potentially dangerous scenarios. Additionally, it will enable the sheriff’s department to give assistance to inaccessible areas after a natural disaster, provide in-depth insight to traffic accidents, and aid in officer and first responder safety.
“The Licking County Sheriff’s Office always looks for ways to partner with the community to bring the best technology and innovation methods to make our community a safer place to live and raise a family,” said Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp. “This unit will make a tremendous difference, from tactical situations, finding a fleeing suspect, to locating a victim of dementia or Alzheimer’s, and we thank Park National Bank for being a great partner to our organization and community.”
The drone will be managed and maintained by the Community Services Division within the Licking County Sheriff’s Office. To pilot the drone, two deputies became pilot certified through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Drone action reports will also record each mission and maintain a flight log book required by the FAA.
“We work hard to maintain great relationships within the communities we serve, and be aware and ready to help when opportunities arise. We want our community partners to know they can count on Park’s support,” said Park National Bank Chairman Dan DeLawder. “This equipment is a remarkable addition to help our community, police officers and first responders, and exemplifies a sheriff’s office that continually seeks out opportunities to best serve Licking County.”