DUBLIN (CBS SF) — The Alameda County Sheriff’s department showed off its new drone among a swath of high-tech equipment Wednesday in Dublin.
The drone was one of two the department bought with about $100,000 in public funds. The Sheriff Greg Ahern also unveiled a bomb squad robot and a four-year timeline detailing steps toward acquiring the system.READ MORE: Atmospheric River Whipped Winds Roar Through Bay Area; Toppling Dozens Of Drought-Weakened Trees
Controversy surrounded the purchase of the unmanned aerial system, commonly referred to as ‘drones,’ and the department met with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to discuss the issue.
Ahern called it a transparent process and that the devices will be invaluable tools.
“We get numerous calls with regards to [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] EOD responses for explosive devices and we get numerous calls for search and rescue missions,” Ahern said.