HOUSTON – The Memorial Villages Police Department is utilizing a new tool these days.
The department is turning to technology to help keep the community and first responders safe.
"It’s a program in which a drone is deployed to certain events after we receive a 911 call," Chief Ray Schultz said.
Thanks to a private-public partnership with new startup Paladin Drones, the latest way of responding to certain calls -- including home alarms being set off and accidents — is by air and within a matter of seconds.
"Now, we can have part of our first responding, in this case a drone, on scene overhead in 15 to 20 seconds," Schultz said.
In addition to the faster response time, the drone is also well-equipped and can stream back video in real time.
"The software that we built allows any first responders to get a live overhead view of an emergency before they actually arrive," CEO of Paladin Drones Divyaditya Shrivastava said.
The onboard camera is also able to provide help in the dark.