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March 2020 Newsletter
JUNO BEACH POLICE NOW HAVE A DRONE !
The Juno Beach Police
Department now has one of the latest devices in police
equipment — a DJI Matrice Drone! The
drone was funded by the Juno Beach Police Foundation and
is expected to go into full service this month.
agency took delivery of the new and powerful technology
in late February and four police officers are about to
receive their FAA Part 107 certification allowing them
to fly the small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV).
Training flights are being conducted and Chief Smith
hopes to put the device into service as early as March
In requesting funding from
the Police Foundation, Chief Smith pointed out that it
"would further enhance safety and quality of life in
• in search and rescue
operations for missing persons, especially for children
and persons with special needs
• locating suspects in the
commission of a crime or suspected criminals
• monitoring major events
for the safety of the attendees
• facilitating the setup and
staging of large events
• assisting other law
enforcement agencies with mutual aid upon request"
One of the first events to
benefit from the drone will be the annual
ArtFest By the Sea
which is sponsored by the Palm Beach North Chamber of
Commerce. The event draws a large audience along a
closed section of Ocean Drive.
Using the drone, police officers
will be able to monitor the entire stretch of roadway
from their command post at the southern end. Should
anything occur at any area of the event, they will be
able to monitor and deploy resources as necessary.
"Drone technology will give our
officers and their incident commanders an opportunity to
see what they’re getting into before they arrive on
scene." Chief Smith said. "For this reason alone, the
technology is invaluable. Launching a drone is also a
lot quicker and easier than calling for the Sheriff's
helicopter, and a lot less expensive." he added.
new Juno Beach Police Department aerial platform is
equipped with a Zenmuse 30X camera, the most powerful
integrated aerial zoom camera on the market. It also has
a Zenmuse XT2 thermal imaging camera that helps officers
"see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an
object - such as criminals or illegal immigrants in the
sea oats or other hiding places.
"We're really excited about the
numerous possible applications of the drone program,"
Chief Smith said... "and how it will help in our ongoing
efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life here
in Juno Beach. We are very thankful of the support
we are getting from both the Juno Beach Police
Foundation and our residents."
Beach Police Foundation
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Contributions to the Juno Beach
Police Foundation may be tax-deductible to the fullest
extent permitted by law. Please check with your
personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of
your gift. The Juno Beach Police Foundation is
registered in Florida as a nonprofit corporation. The
Juno Beach Police Foundation is a public charity
exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code. For complete financial
and state disclosure information for the Juno Beach
Police Foundation, please visit