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The police and fire department in Virginia Beach are planning on using drones to collect evidence, control traffic, undergo search and rescue efforts assist in water operations and during Amber Alerts.

The city is considering buying drones to help find missing children, respond to disasters and locate distressed boaters.

The Police Department as well as others in the city would be able to use the devices, Deputy Chief Tony Zucaro said Tuesday during a presentation to council members .

Drones might be new technology for the area, Zucaro said, but many cities already use them.

By the end of 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration had approved 550 applications to fly drones, according to the agency’s website.

Suffolk already owns one, which is used only for emergency situations such as search-and-rescue efforts, spokeswoman Diana Klink said. Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth do not own such technology.

Virginia Beach police and fire departments would like to use drones also to collect evidence and intelligence, control crowds and traffic, and help in accident reconstruction, search-and-rescue efforts, water operations and Amber Alerts.

Some Drone emergency applications around the world include:

  • Searching for missing persons
  • Accident Investigations
  • Crowd/ Riot Control
  • Fire support and coordination
  • Natural disaster response
  • Wildfire mapping

While drones have not been used in South Africa for the above applications, RocketMine has trained and licensed Pilots who can cater for a number of applications.

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