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State Police to start flying drones this month

State Police will start flying a drone in Western New York later this month.

The State Police Unmanned Aerial System launches this month, with a total of four drones flying in four different regions of the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office said.

The drones will be used "to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety," according to the governor's office. The technology can be used to help reconstruct serious crashes, as well as to photograph crime scenes, officials said.

State troopers will have 18 drones in use by April 2018, Cuomo's office said.

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