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Sheriff’s deputy honored by DOJ

An Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputy was among those honored Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice for distinguished law enforcement service.

Deputy Richard Hassna was among 19 law enforcement officers recognized during the Justice Department’s third annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing. He received the award in Washington D.C.

According to a statement from David L. Anderson, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, the department gave Hassna his award because of his work with air drones. Hassna has worked with hundreds of public safety agencies throughout the United States in establishing their own drone programs, Anderson said.

Hassna participated in developing a general order of regulations for the drones, as well as the operations manual and maintenance program. The drones often are used in dangerous situations, Anderson said.

The drones were particularly effective during the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, when Anderson said more than 70,000 pictures were taken by 16 drones over two days and 517 flights. Authorities said it was the largest drone operation ever at a U.S. disaster scene.

Those pictures were stitched into a map that allowed residents to see the damage the Camp Fire caused to their property without having to be on the property to do so.

Hassna was one of 414 officers to be nominated for the honor.

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