CHILLICOTHE, MO – Chillicothe police Monday informed city council members of plans to purchase a drone for the department.

The drone will come with video capability and heat signature imaging, which can be utilized for search and rescue, or obtaining information for firefighters. The drone could also be of benefit to first responders from surrounding communities.

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Officer Cody Dysart was tasked with implementing the purchase and policy for drone acquisition and use. Chief Jon Maples said the multi-purpose drone will be purchased at no cost to the city through a grant from Hero Fund USA, which is funded by Missourians and Kansans for first responders, and donations from area businesses and citizens.

City administrator Darin Chappell said Chillicothe police deserved commendation for their commitment to modernization of the police force in Chillicothe.