COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- The Coeur d’Alene City Council has approved a new SWAT robot for the Police Department.
Department leaders said that they had to borrow SWAT robots from other law enforcement agencies because they do not own one.
Captain Steve Childers of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said depending on others is not the best option and in some extreme standoff situations, lives could be in danger.
“There can be a time delay and we may call one day and not be able to get it, it may be used in that jurisdiction,” said Captain Childers.
The i-robot is a small, can be thrown, and is remote controlled. Police department leaders said the robot is able to go where officers cannot. Captain Childers said having the robot is a safety measure and keeps officers out of harms way.
Department leaders said the i-robot will cost just over $20,500 and will be paid for using the department’s budget. They said it will be used by the joint Police and Sheriff’s Office SWAT.