Yonkers PD to use drones as first responders (DFR) in new pilot program

Yonkers will pilot a new program this summer called “Drone as a First Responder” which would allow for an emergency police response to priority calls in a matter of seconds.
On Tuesday, police tested their equipment in conjunction with Flying Lion, a drone service for public safety, to perfect the drone and its systems before police begin a 60-day trial period.
Officials say the drone can completely change the concept of policing.
“A suspect that’s fleeing the scene of the crime before officers are able to get there by car or by foot, obviously the drone in the air will be able to give officers an indication of where that suspect went and be able to follow them discreetly, and apprehend him safely,” said Yonkers Police Spokesman Frank Didomizio.
-Emily Young