By Adrienne Moore

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — It’s the newest buzz on the police beat in one local city where a drone team has been deployed to help fight crime.

Roseville Police showed off their newest tools on Tuesday. The department is building a new team that has officers all abuzz as they eye the future of law enforcement.

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Lt. Jeff Kool says the drones provide a way to enhance public safety.

The department has eight pilots training on a monthly basis for their drone team.

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“We got our certification from the FAA — and it’s basically a certification of authorization that allows us to train and fly during operations,” Kool said.

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The goal is to improve search and rescue operations, find missing people faster, and make crime scene investigations more efficient.

“We can actually use these to capture photographs of a crime scene and create a 3D image after and do all of our measurements of the crime scene after the fact, which definitely will cut down on overtime, [and] it will increase efficiency as far as how long we’re at a scene,” Kool said.

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Over the last few months, the department has used the technology a handful of times and says it’s a game changer.

“Based on certain scenarios, it is definitely safer to get a bird’s-eye view or a visual aerial view of a scene before we send in officers,” Kool said.

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Roseville police have three drones in their arsenal and they’re already n the process of buying more including ones with an infrared camera that can help investigators search at night to spot heat sources.

Adrienne Moore