The Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) has launched a drone program with the addition of three unmanned aerial systems.

The program is intended to assist the GJPD during traffic accidents, crime scenes, criminal investigations, and search and rescue. Fourteen of the department’s employees will be required to go through a Part 107-type class and pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 Remote Pilot examination before operating one of the drones.

Trent Rundquist, the department’s crime laboratory supervisor, will supervise the program, including the trainings, when the drones will be deployed, and daily maintenance of the equipment.