WATCH: Police Use Drone During Climate Change Demonstration

WATCH: Police Use Drone During Climate Change Demonstration

West Midlands Police drone footage shows how Extinction Rebellion demonstration was policed and proves that a drone can give you useful situational awareness.

Last updated: Dec 14, 2021

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Drone footage from West Midlands Police shows how the Force safely policed the Extinction Rebellion demonstration, in Birmingham, using police drones.

West Midlands Police - which has a number of DJI drones supplied by heliguy™ - captured the footage from a height of around 70 metres.

The footage offered a unique perspective of the climate change demonstration, which was staged earlier this month. The aerial view gave officers useful situational awareness of the campaigners' movements and behaviour, as well as the flow of traffic, which was disrupted because of the protestors.

The view from the drone. Picture by West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police Statement

A statement on the West Midlands Police website said: "This new drone footage shows how we safely policed the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Birmingham.

"Taken from a height of around 70m, the video shows how we balanced the public’s right to protest with the need to keep traffic moving around Belgrave Middleway.

The view from the drone. Picture by West Midlands Police

"We’re pleased to say that the event passed off without issue, but appreciate some road users were delayed.

"We achieved our aim of keeping all members of the public safe, and, while there is an offence of obstructing the highway, our officers considered the full circumstances and the extent of the disruption when policing the event.

A tweet by West Midlands Police drone team, ahead of the protest.

"If police had intervened further, there could have been far greater disruption and closure of the junction.

The view from the drone. Picture by West Midlands Police

"In turn, the protesters agreed to our request to make way for a woman who was going into labour, and also to pause their demonstration when we said that there were large queues of traffic forming in the city centre."

West Midlands Police added that the operation had been well-planned in advance, police had liaised with protesters and the local authority, and signs advised drivers of the demonstration in the days leading up to it.

The view from the drone. Picture by West Midlands Police

heliguy™ has supplied West Midlands Police with a number of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise and Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones.

The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise is a lightweight drone, which is quickly deployable, easily transportable and comes with three key accessories – a spotlight, loudspeaker and beacon – which can greatly assist a range of missions. The drone also benefits from a 2x optical and 3x digital zoom camera, meaning the drone can operate without putting the operator in danger.

Following the launch of the Mavic 2 Enterprise, DJI released the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, which comes with thermal capabilities.

As well as bolstering its fleet with drones supplied by heliguy™, officers from West Midlands Police have also undergone our ES-DOT (Emergency Services Drone Operators Training) Course, which has been specifically designed to provide comprehensive yet succinct vocational drone training for the police, as well as other public-safety organisations. To find out more about the heliguy™ ES-DOT Course and how it can help you, click here.

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