SAN PABLO — To celebrate National Night Out, San Pablo police on Tuesday plan to show their residents a new gadget or three.
The department will unveil three aerial drones that can stay in the air for more than an hour per flight. According to the department, the drones change the landscape of police safety for their officers.
“We believe they will keep our community safer and our officers much safer,” Capt. Brian Bubar said. “The way we deploy, our officers will be able to deploy the drone within two minutes, and we’ll be able to get responding officers information about a scene before they get there.”
Many Bay Area police agencies have turned to drones, but Bubar said these three are particularly unique for their battery strength. The department partnered with a Bay Area-based aerospace company because of battery technology developed by the company, he said.
The so-dubbed Impossible US-1 drone can fly for more than an hour on each flight. The San Pablo Police Department is the first Bay Area agency to have a drone with such strong battery life.
“Say, we respond to an incident, and it’s in an area where we can’t get officers there as quickly as we like,” Bubar said. “We can respond with these drones immediately, and not worry about battery strength.”
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the department a Certificate of Authorization to deploy the drone at any time of the day or night.
The arrival of the drones has been months in the making. The San Pablo City Council approved the program Monday, and the department will be showing them off from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in front of the city’s community center, 2450 Road 20.
“People can see them in action,” Bubar said.
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