ARLINGTON -- Arlington police confirmed to News 8 their drone program has been given the okay by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Thursday, the FAA approved the department's waiver to use two remote-controlled helicopters for missions across the city. Previously, the department has only used the drones in a restricted area for practice.

The Arlington PD told News 8 in February they plan to use the choppers for SWAT and search-and-rescue missions, not for routine patrol.

It will be the first drone program in North Texas.

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