Police drones in the South West – UK first

A police force has become the first in the UK to have a dedicated drone unit in its battle against crime.

Devon and Cornwall Police along with the neighbouring Dorset force has launched the new unit in a bid to use innovative ideas to tackle the large, mostly rural, areas they cover. Full details here.

The launch follows a successful trial period. Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Commander for the Alliance Operations Department, said: “This technology offers a highly cost-effective approach in supporting our officers on the ground in operational policing.

“Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.

“Drones can even help police track and monitor suspects during a firearm or terrorist incident, as it will allow officers to gain vital information, quickly, safely, and allow us to respond effectively at the scene.”

This is another example of science fiction becoming science fact as way back in 1978 2000AD’s futuristic lawman Judge Dredd was using ‘spy in the sky’ hover cameras as part of fictional law and order.

Expect lots of police forces across the globe to take on board this method of using remote-controlled robots in their day-to-day policing.