MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A committee of the Shelby County Commission has voted to approve the sheriff buying two tiny remote-controlled drone helicopters.
The drones were included in the Sheriff's Office request for other gear that also included scuba equipment.
The Commercial Appeal reported some commission members questioned the sheriff's chief administrative officer about whether the drones could be used to look into people's windows. Administrator Chuck Fox acknowledged they could, but said it was "highly unlikely" they would be used like that.
The drones are about two feet across and are operated be a person who keeps sight of the unit.
Fox said the drones cost less than $4.00 per hour to operate, compared to $600 per hour for a helicopter.
The committee voted to recommend the purchase to the full commission.
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