Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office drone program takes flight

From left, Captain Ashby Allen, Deputy Zack Kues, Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp and Deputy Stephen Akers work on a maintenance flight.

HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) recently added another level of service.

Several times a year, NCSO is faced with locating a person who is reported missing and has wandered on foot, reported Major Allen Garland. Because of this and the extended response time from search and rescue units scattered all over the state, in late 2019 the NCSO began to establish a drone program.

After much research, funds were used from the asset forfeiture account to purchase a DJI Mavic Pro 2 Enterprise drone and all the flight equipment…