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Public Comments Being Accepted on Sheriff’s Office Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for input about the department’s use of unmanned aerial systems, known as drones.

The department started its drone program in 2017, making it one of the first law enforcement agencies in greater Minnesota to use drone technology. The purpose was mostly for use in emergencies, such as using infrared or thermal imaging to locate people or animals.

Since then, the Sheriff’s Office’s drones have been used successfully in Renville and neighboring counties for searches for lost people, for fugitives, for assisting with locating missing livestock, and for documenting damage after severe weather events.

Earlier this year, the Minnesota legislature passed a new law that requires the Renville County Board of Commissioners to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the Sheriff’s Office’s use of drones. In-person comments can be made at 10 a.m. on November 24, at the meeting of the Renville County Board of Commissioners.

Additionally, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office will also receive public comments, both electronically and via US Mail, until 9:00 AM on November 24. E-mailed comments can be sent to: [email protected]

Mailed comments may be sent to:
Renville County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: UAS Public Comments
105 5th Street S., Suite 210
Olivia, MN 56277

Questions can be directed to Sheriff Scott Hable at: (320) 523-3771 or [email protected]

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