Two members of the Atlantic Rotary Club, President Brian Harris, and Ruth Sears, Thursday, presented Atlantic Police Lt. Devin Hogue with a grant check for $3,000, which will help defer the cost of a drone used for emergency situations.
Lt. Hogue has headed-up the effort to acquire a drone equipped with FLIR, a Forward-looking Infrared camera, otherwise referred to as a thermal imaging camera, which detects heat signatures.
Hogue said the total cost of the program, including the drone, camera, and training, is just shy of $20,000. After Hogue, other law enforcement and Emergency Management officials saw a demonstration of what a drone can do, he spearheaded the effort to acquire the funding.
Other grant funds in addition to those provided by the Rotary, are currently pending. The FLIR feature of the drone, Hogue says will help in many situations.