The Patrol Droid, commonly represented by the Dark Eye Probe Droid, was developed by Arakyd Industries based on schematics taken from Sith holocrons centuries before the fall of the Republic. Their main purpose was to locate targeted individuals and information, and then relay that information back to their command module, whether that be a command station or personal control unit.
The Patrol Droid’s main housing was designed to give it a smaller silhouette that would allow it to take up less room when stored and not be burdensome on the user. It is a small, spherical sensor and communications unit that measures twelve inches in diameter. The antenna protrudes from the rear exterior, allowing it to send a clear signal back to its intended receiver. Imaging sensors that aid in magnetic and thermal imaging are attached to the top and bottom sides of the central photoreceptor. Multiple versions of this model may have imaging sensors arranged in different locations, and most models are equipped with only a light blaster for minor defense capabilities.
Due to the Patrol Droids scanning, locating, and transmitting capabilities, the use of these droids have seen continued growth in the law enforcement sector. The success these droids have had at locating fugitives has seen them repurposed into many military and bounty-hunting scout parties. There is a drawback to their capabilities as transmissions are limited due to their size and the size of their antenna, thereby restricting the range they can be deployed. The Patrol Droid is mostly used as a planetary scout.