State Police have a new tool in their tool kit.

The Unmanned Aerial System Program was launched by State Police earlier this month.

Captain Scott Reichel says the aerial drones can be used for a number of missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.

He says the drones can also be used in dangerous situations and environments, including natural disasters, to keep Troopers out of harm's way.

Police say the UAS can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time than with current methods, resulting in shorter road closures, lessening the impact on motorists.

Investigators will also use the drones to document and photograph crime scenes.

The first aerial drones have been put into service at four Trooper barracks, including Troop D in Oneida.

By April, an additional 14 drones will be deployed throughout the state.

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