Barrie Police getting a new drone thanks to a $41K donation

Drone has a variety of police uses, including missing person search and crime scene reconstruction

Courtesy Barrie Police Service

The Barrie Police Service has been named a 2021 grant recipient by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada. Barrie is safer than ever thanks to the Foundation providing important funding in the amount of $41,877.
 
The grant will be used to purchase a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or drone for the Service and will ensure our community is better prepared for emergencies. This RPAS includes a thermal camera and accessories, as well as training and calibration.
 
RPASs are invaluable in a variety of occurrences, such as missing person searches, motor vehicle collisions, crime scene reconstruction, suspect apprehensions, and can achieve results not possible in any other way. The RPAS has helped make communities safer and police services more efficient.
 
RPASs are multi-purpose and provide an aerial view for a variety of uses that can increase efficiency and save costs associated with other means of gathering information, in addition to helping keep police officers and the public out of harm’s way.
 
“We’re thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada and our local Firehouse Subs restaurant, in Barrie,” said Kimberley Greenwood, Chief of Police, Barrie Police Service. “This new RPAS will greatly contribute to our Service’s ability to capture footage at a variety of calls, in a manner that is safe and effective for all involved.”
 
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has awarded 228 grants to public safety organizations since 2015. This grant is one of 11 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada awarded to public safety organizations during the most recent grant cycle. The 11 grants will provide critical lifesaving equipment valued at more than $277,000 across Ontario. 
 
To donate and learn more visit any Firehouse Subs restaurant, or donate online CanadaHelps.org