New drone program gives National City cops eyes in sky

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- The National City Police Department Thursday rolled out a drone program designed to give first responders a better view of emergencies from the sky.

The department held a demonstration to showcase the capabilities of the program, officially called the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Quadcopter Program, Thursday at their department office.

The program is an alternative method of providing real-time information to first responders during critical incidents, National City police Sgt. Chris Sullivan said.

Five law enforcement officers and one firefighter are currently licensed to operate the drones for the program.

"The use of quadcopters will enhance the future of public safety," National City police Chief Manuel Rodriguez said. "The use of quadcopters will allow us to better serve our community and enhance community and officer safety."