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Kalispell PD receives first drone through grant funding

City council approves Justice Assistance Grant
Kalispell Police Department
Posted at 3:29 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 21:34:38-05

KALISPELL — A new drone and satellite phone are helping first responders in Kalispell.

Kalispell City Council members approved a Justice Assistance Grant Monday for the Kalispell Police Department.

The money funds the department's first drone, a new satellite phone and mobile data terminal. The grant totals more than $10,000 and is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kalispell Police Detective Captain Jim Wardensky says the department now joins the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol with drones.

“The Sheriff’s Office has a drone, and the highway patrol have drones here in the Flathead Valley. It’s the first one for us, but certainly not the first one used by local law enforcement,” Wardensky said.

He told MTN News that the new equipment will be used for search and rescue missions, looking for missing people and more.