Police Drones

police drones

 

REVOLUTIONIsING law enforcement

how are police using drones?

Drones are transforming the way that police operate.

Fighting Crime And Keeping Communities Safe

Drones have revolutionised policing. Unmanned aircraft have become a force multiplier for law enforcement teams, providing unprecedented views of a scene or incident - helping to fight crime, plan an effective response, and keep officers safe.

As the use of the technology has exploded in recent years, the relatively low cost of drones has enabled agencies of all sizes to utilise this innovative method of policing.

A study by the Center for the Study of the Drone At Bard College revealed that the drone adoption rate in public safety in the US is rising, and 70% of these agencies work in law enforcement.

Police are deploying drones and sophisticated payloads - including zoom and thermal cameras - for a range of missions, including search and rescue, crime-scene investigation, crowd control, evidence-gathering, and accident reconstruction.

The biggest advantage of drones in law enforcement is the ability to go where officers cannot. From hazmat calls, surveying damage from natural disasters, and responding to bomb threats, the technology is fundamentally changing how police departments respond to a wide range of incidents and help keep the public safe.

Total number of public safety agencies in the US with drones by year. From the Public Safety Drones survey by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

“Drones allow us to pre-position each unit before we deploy from the ground and it is also great for capturing evidence. Drones are a massive game changer. We can see what’s going on and watch the movement of people. Having footage go straight to the control room in real-time is so beneficial. You can’t write this stuff.”

Mark Talliss, of Wiltshire Police

Police Drone Cheaper and Quicker Than Deploying Helicopter

"Each Drone Deployment Cost One-third Less."

For police forces, deploying a drone is a quicker and more cost-effective solution than sending out a police helicopter. 

Drones also have the advantage that they are quieter, making them better placed during covert operations, while their ability to fly lower to the ground is useful in times of cloud cover. 

For example, Kent Police says that by using a drone instead of a helicopter in appropriate circumstances, they will save a significant amount of money. The Force adds that a drone allows the police helicopter to be used for more serious incidents, whilst still achieving aerial assistance to officers on the ground. Kent Police says that using the drone helps speed-up tasks and save time, for example when searching for a missing person.

Meanwhile, Dorset Police believes the success of its own drone unit may have resulted in savings estimated at £170,000, according to a report in the Bournemouth Echo. The article added that each drone deployment cost at least one-third less than using the National Police Air Service helicopter. For balance, the article does say that  the Force is paying fixed fees for the shared helicopter and additional fees each time it is used.

Drones may not replace helicopters in all circumstances, but they are certainly a vital tool for police forces, especially in times of budget cuts.

Lincolnshire Police has a thriving drone department. Sergeant Ed Delderfield said: "Drones provide a more flexible and cost-effective air asset compared with the NPAS helicopter alternative. As technology and legislation advances, I can see unmanned aircraft taking over. However, the manned helicopter still provides a unique capability and we are a long way off being able to operate without them."

police drones for search and rescue

More than 400 lives rescued from danger thanks to drones around the world.

A Track Record Of Rescue

Police are using DJI Drones and a range of different sensors to assist with search and rescue operations, helping to save lives right around the world.

Law enforcement agencies can take advantage of a wide range of benefits over traditional methods:

  • Explore hard to reach areas with ease - and at up to 10x the speed of traditional methods.
  • An array of sensors, such as thermal, are available to give police forces the best chance of a successful rescue.
  • Deploy much faster than using traditional methods - the DJI M300 RTK can be deployed in 90 seconds!
  • Significant cost-savings over using helicopters or large-scale search parties.
  • Fly lower to the ground for close-range inspection.

These advantages will not only save the resources of often already-stretched police forces, but it will help save more missing people in the future.

See how Norfolk Police saved a man's life after he become lost in marshland:

"I think without the drone we would never have seen him for where he was. Without that drone, we wouldn't have saved him."

Sergeant Danny Leach, Lead Drone Pilot for Norfolk Police

police drones for crash-scene investigation

Cut the time it takes to collect evidence.

"More Detailed Than Traditional Methods"

Drones have had a radical impact on the work of crash-site reconstruction.

By adding airborne cameras to their toolkits, public safety crews have been able to cut the time it takes to map a site and gather evidence.

What’s more, the data they can gather is better than what they were able to collect with previous methods that took hours.

The benefits of utilising a drone after an RTC include:

  • Cut down the time it takes to assess a crash scene, which helps reduce traffic congestion and keep emergency service personnel safe.
  • The drone reduces the amount of time they need to physically spend on the road.
  • Drone pilots can keep a safe distance from passing cars while piloting over an accident.
"It’s about a hundred times more detailed than what we could do with people taking the measurements. And it means that there’s much less time for the road to be closed and traffic to be backed up." 

Chief Deputy Jeff Lower of the Tazewell County, Illinois Sheriff's Office

police drones for gathering evidence

Produce accurate 3D models for analysis.

Capture The Evidence Efficiently

Drones are an effective solution for gathering evidence.

Similar to the benefits of crash-scene investigation, drones are able to produce accurate and detailed 3D reconstructions of a crime scene. 

Other benefits include:

  • Collect evidence which could be hard or dangerous to collect from the ground.
  • Thanks to accessories, such as the spotlight on the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise series, drones provide lighting at night or during low-light environments. The use of thermal and/or zoom cameras can also be an asset during evidence collection.
  • Drones can survey a site and collect mapping data much quicker than on-the-ground methods. In fact, drones allow officers to collect immediate and real-time data.

A drone with a thermal camera helped Lincolnshire Police land its first successful UAV prosecution. The technology uncovered a major cannabis farm, and the footage was passed on to the investigating team to obtain a search warrant, and it was used in evidence at court. 

“The filming from the drone took one minute and 20 seconds, and it was only in the air for  five minutes from start to finish. Admittedly, the National Police Air Service helicopter could have done this, but this would have been at a cost of about £3,000 per hour, and we did this as part of our routine duties."

Lincolnshire Police Spokesman

police drones for disaster response

Access dangerous areas - quickly and safely.

Every Second Counts

When disaster strikes, a quick response is crucial. Drones are the perfect solution, as they can be deployed rapidly and cheaply - reaching inaccessible and dangerous areas and providing vital information about the crisis. 

In a disaster situation, drones can be used to:

  • Provide fast and effective situational awareness with mapping and images to help coordinate relief efforts, gain an overview of the situation, and identify access routes.  
  • Use thermal and zoom cameras to help fire crews identify fire hot spots.
  • Assess damage to utilities, infrastructure, and property. 
  • Search for survivors.
  • Create before and after maps of the impacted area. This information can be shared with local authorities/agencies, affected residents, and insurance companies.

Derbyshire Police deployed drones after part of the dam wall collapsed at Whaley Bridge, utilising zoom capablities to assess the damage and help a Chinnook place bags of aggregate.

In California, police used drones to map the scene following a major wildfire at Paradise. This not only provided situational awareness, but helped residents see if their homes had been destroyed, without having to go into a disaster zone.

“Following the wildfire, we learnt that a small drone can be sent up into the sky at 100ft or 200ft and take a quick series of snapshots and stitch together almost instantaneously a model of what happened to the neighborhood, which can then be uploaded to the county or city’s website and residents can click in and see what’s going on in their neighborhood. The drones provided a quick and easy situational awareness tool and I truly believe that mapping is critical for disaster zones.”

Commander Tom Madigan, of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

police drones for SURVEILLANCE and crowd control

A unique vantage point is vital for deployment tactics.

Use A Tether For Increased Flight Time

Surveillance by drone is an important and valuable part of policing - but forces will not deploy unmanned aircraft to simply spy on you for no good reason.

Drones can be deployed by police for a range of observation missions, such as scouting key areas or suspects, obtaining vital situational awareness to help with deployment tactics, and monitoring crowd behaviour and movement. 

The benefits of using drones for these types of missions are numerous, including:

  • Drones offer a unique vantage point and provide a large field of view without compromising officer safety. They are also deployed quicker and cheaper than helicopter.
  • Quiet and unobtrusive, drones can be deployed without being spotted, when stealth is the key.
  • Drones enable law enforcement teams to investigate suspects - especially those who could be armed - while maintaining a safe distance. This real-time intelligence is key for planning a safe and effective strategy.
  • Thanks to zoom cameras and thermal sensors, police can gather a clear picture of an on-going scene or incident, allowing them to deploy resources accordingly and identify any trouble-makers. 
  • CCTV cameras can be vandalised or covered. A drone's height makes this difficult, if not impossible.
  • Ahead of a major event, drones can be used to recce an area.
  • A drone tether is an incredibly useful addition to a police drone programme, and ideal for surveillance operations. The tether generates power so the drone can stay airborne for hours - perfect for when endurance is paramount. 
“What the drone does is give you a really good indication of the crowd dynamics, so you can see as a crowd is moving whether there will be any problems. The use of drones in policing has changed the way we do things. The control room will be looking down and actually be seeing where the resources are. It just gives that much better overview of what is going on.”

Norfolk Police Spokesman

Police drones to support fire crews

Detect hot spots and see through smoke.

Aerial Insights Improve Safety

Police can use drones to support fire crews and help them tackle a blaze.

Drones can carry thermal sensors and zoom cameras which can provide key information for firefighters.

The advantages of using drones during a fire include:

  • Deploy quickly and easily to gain an overhead view of the incident, providing crews with rapid and accurate situational awareness, in real-time.
  • Thermal cameras can be used to see through smoke and detect hot spots, helping to shape firefighting tactics and improve crew safety.
  • Identify access routes and directions to guide crews towards the incident.
"Using the drone, we were able to see the scale and size of the fire and identify where the hot spot was, so the fire crews knew which area to target.”

Mark Talliss, Wiltshire Police

police drones for hazmat response

Why go into a dangerous situation when drones can do it for you?

Safe And Effective Data Collection

HazMat response can be a dangerous operation - dealing with highly toxic and extremely volatile materials which can be lethal. It's the kind of material you want to avoid at all costs - and a drone can help with this.

The emergence of drones has enabled HazMat teams to collect the information they need in a safe and effective way. Here's why:

  • A drone can provide a useful view from above. relaying regular and real-time information, enabling crews to make informed decisions from a safe distance.
  • Drones improve crew safety by limiting the number of entries needed to the site. Why send your team in when a drone can do it for you? 
  • Streaming drone footage back to the control room or operating base improves communication, allowing the team to analyse the same video in real-time, helping to cut down on misinformation or misunderstandings.
  • Typically, a technician or crew member, in full gear, will go and identify the situation, before sharing the information so the team can change its gear/tactics. In the process, thousands of pounds of equipment can be destroyed, all while precious time ticks by. A drone can carry out this task with speed and precision. 
  • Working in a HazMat suit for a prolonged period in hot conditions can be uncomfortable and dangerous. A drone minimises this problem. 
  • A drone can carry key items, such as specialist detectors, to help deal with the situation.
"Previous to drones, there was no way to keep eyes on our guys. We relied solely on radio traffic, which is shoddy at best. Having an eye in the sky enhances our ability to mitigate a scene. It helps us understand what they see a lot faster and ensures everyone works from the same operational picture. If I can minimise risk and use a piece of machinery to do that job, it’s a win for us.”

Rich Gatanis, HazMat Expert

how do police deal with rogue drones?

New powers to tackle misuse of unmanned aircraft.

Drone Detection Technology Has A Part To Play

Drones are transforming the world of work and public safety - but there are times when unmanned aircraft fall into the wrong hands and can be used in potentially dangerous ways. 

As a result, police are able to identify illegal and unregistered drones that may be hazardous to the surrounding environment to keep their communities safe. 

Police in the UK, for example, are to receive new powers to tackle the misuse of drones, including landing, inspecting and seizing drones if an offence has been committed and a warrant is secured.

The legislation is contained in the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill, which had its second reading in Parliament in January 2020. 

Drone users could also face an on-the-spot fine for certain offences, such as failing to provide evidence that they have the correct permissions and exemptions if found to be flying their device too high or too close to buildings, or failing to provide evidence of competency or registration.

The bill will also give the police new stop and search powers around airports, prisons and other restricted areas. It will amend the Police Act 1997 to allow the police and senior prison authorities to authorise the use of counter-drone measures to combat illegal drone use.

In 2019, the drone detection technology DJI AeroScope - supplied by HELIGUY.com™ - was used to trace and seize drones being flown illegally during the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone.

"The team was really impressed with DJI AeroScope. It was easy to use and gave real-time information allowing the team the capability to respond in a timely manner, on one occasion so quickly the drone never took off and was subsequently turned off, but getting that high-visibility police presence made whoever was responsible think twice. It isn’t possible to say with any certainty that the presence of the drone team and the detection equipment, including the AeroScope, prevented any incursion over the British Grand Prix circuit; however with the proactive nature of the operation and the multi-agency collaboration, we can safely say that people were not given the opportunity to fly over the circuit.”

PC Alan Hincks, Northamptonshire Police

which drones do police use?

Different drones provide different operational capabilities.

Harness The Power Of The DJI Eco-system 

DJI drones have become the go-to tool for many police forces, providing the necessary features to respond appropriately to emergency situations.

According to the third edition of the Public Safety Drones report, compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone At Bard College, DJI drones were the most popular among public safety teams (see graph, right).

And there’s a good reason for this. DJI technology offers a reliable, versatile and an out-of-the-box solution for public safety agencies, all at an affordable price – especially compared to other enterprise drones on the market.

Among the most suitable options available for police forces, the DJI M300 RTK is a ground-breaking aircraft, with an incredible endurance of 55 minutes, and an enhanced weather-resistance rating of IP45. The drone is packed with features which make it ideal for law enforcement agencies, including the H20T camera - engineered exclusively for the M300 RTK and featuring thermal, zoom, wide, and laser rangefinder capabilities

The M300 RTK is the latest member of the Matrice family, following up on the renowned M200 Series V2. The drones in the V2 Series have established themselves as a firm favourite for law enforcement, especially the M210, thanks to their ability to carry dual payloads, including the Z30 zoom camera and XT2 thermal sensor, plus third-party cameras.

Another popular choice for police forces is the Mavic 2 Enterprise Series. These lightweight, foldable, easily transportable and quickly deployable drones come with three accessories – including a loudspeaker and a bright spotlight. The Mavic 2 Enterprise has a dynamic zoom camera (2x optical 3x digital zoom), while the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual has a side-by-side thermal sensor and 4K camera.

Number of agencies in the US Emergency Services who use DJI drones, compared to other manufacturers. The results relate to agencies involved in the Public Safety Drones survey by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

"We’ve completed nearly 600 separate deployments so far and I’d guess that’s not far off 15,000 minutes in the air. We deploy to a huge variety of police related matters, the most common incidents tend to be missing people searches, firearms operations, road-traffic collisions, crime scenes and major events (such as football matches or large music festivals), but we also support our partner agencies such as the fire service. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise is a great drone, it’s so quick to deploy and gives us eyes in the air when we need them. We also have DJI M210s." 

PC Tom Shainberg, Alliance Drone Team, Devon and Cornwall Police, and Dorset Police

Best DJI Drones For Police

DJI M300 RTK

  • Up to 55 minute flight time.
  • An IP45 weather-resistance rating.
  • Carry up to three payloads at once.
  • H20T camera, built for the M300 RTK, is a multi-sensor solution, with thermal, zoom, wide, and laser rangefinder capabilities.
  • Enhanced safety features and flight redundancy.

DJI M210 V2

  • Rugged and robust with an IP43 weather-resistance rating.
  • Carry dual payloads to increase mission efficiency.
  • Compatible with a range of cameras, including third-party options.
  • 34 minute maximum flight time.
  • The M200 Series also has an RTK version available.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Series

  • Three key accessories - spotlight, beacon, and a loud speaker.
  • Mavic 2 Enterprise has a 12MP camera with dynamic zoom capabilities.
  • Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual has thermal and standard RGB sensors.
  • Lightweight, foldable, easily transportable, and quick to deploy.
  • Password-protection to access the drone and the data.

Flying DJI Drones In The Rain - A Guide To IP Ratings And Looking After Your Aircraft

A Robust Solution When Duty Calls

You can't always predict when an incident will happen, and sometimes police forces will need to deploy drones in the wind and the rain.  

DJI drones, such as the M300 RTK and M200 Series V2, offer a robust solution to enable officers to fly in difficult conditions.  

The DJI M300 RTK has an IP45 rating. While this is not a complete waterproofing, it does mean that the drone is protected against low pressure jets of water (or splashing water) from any angle. In fact, DJI has stated that the M300 RTK can withstand 100mm of rain during a 24-hour period.

Being IP45-rated also ensures that the M300 RTK is protected against solid objects greater than 1mm, such as screws and wires. The H20T camera, which is built especially for the M300 RTK, has an IP44 rating.
 

 

The DJI M300 RTK also has a wind resistance of 15m/s and can operate in temperatures from -20°C to 50°C, making it a safe and effective platform in a variety of challenging environments. .

The DJI M200 Series V2 has an IP43 rating (protected against sprays of water up to 60° from the vertical) and DJI says that it can operate in light rain (less than 10mm a day).

The DJI M200 Series V2 has a maximum wind-speed resistance of 12m/s, and can operate in temperatures from -20°C to 50°C.

After flying your drone in inclement weather, it is important that you take the time to wipe it down and dry it off and store it correctly. 

starting a police drone programme   

Public perception is key.

Transparency Is A Priority

Improved situational awareness, faster deployment, and enhanced safety - there's no doubt that drones have become a useful addition to police forces. Despite this, the police's use of drones is still met with a wave of sceptism and concern from certain sections of society - with some people conjuring up pictures of an Orwellian state. 

With this in mind, some polcie forces can be hesitant to start a drone programme. But it can be done. After all, police forces around the world are utilising drones.

One of the most important pieces of advice is to be open and transparent, especially with the public, to try to allay any concerns, particularly around thorny subjects like surveillance. Sometimes, decision-makers within your own department can be hesitant to start off with, but are then convinced once they see the power of the technology.

For instance, New York Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello admits there was resistance to adding drones to the department, but using an unmanned aircraft for the first time was an 'earth-shattering moment'. He adds: "It was the first time that the incident commander had real-time information from the roof and he could actually see what the sector was reporting back to him. Once he saw what the drone could do, he was sold on it.”

To help you get started, here are some top tips to enable you to move towards starting or scaling a public safety drone operation.

10 Tips For Starting A Drone Programme

  • Start small and focus on one use case. Perfect it and build from there.
  • Provide success stories from other departments or localities, because there are plenty out there.
  • Know what you are getting into, as a drone programme requires governance, policies/procedures, defining missions, selection of UAS and payloads, training/proficiency, maintenance and thorough documentation.
  • Engage your jurisdiction’s administration and elected officials.
  • Plan to use the UAS for multiple public safety missions and with other public safety agencies.
  • Where possible, create a regional team of public safety from multiple jurisdictions or plan a programme alonside other public safey agencies.
  • Develop a clear policy as to when UAS will be used for surveillance and evidence, and provide safeguards to ensure personal privacy.
  • Explain recording policy and length of maintaining those video recordings.
  • Explain the extent to maintain training and safety protocols.
  • Ensure your pilots are trained, licensed and certified. Ensure your pilots are trained, licensed and certified.

"Dont Reinvent The Wheel" - Romeo Durscher, DJI's Senior Director of Public Safety Integration, Shares His Tips  

"I still remember the first Board of Supervisors’ meeting when we had to give a presentation (about starting the drone programme). There were hundreds of people and every single person spoke against what we were trying to do, mainly because of privacy concerns. We committed to being transparent throughout the process and I can tell you that five years later – after thousands and thousands of flights – we have not received one single complaint about infringing anybody’s privacy."

Commander Tom Madigan, of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

How Police Forces Are Promoting Their Use Of Drones

A Closer Look At Some Of The Forces

When it comes to police drone programmes, transparency is key, and this is evident when looking at the website of numerous UK police forces which are utilising the technology.

A number of forces have gone to great lengths to highlight their use of UAVs, including their intentions, how much their drones cost, and who pilots the aircraft.

Here are some examples from some of the websites.

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police says that it is using drones as a tactic to target criminals and help keep the public safe. The Force says that its drones - which cost between £2,000 and £10,000 - will be used to help give officers a mobile eye in the sky, helping to scan large areas quickly, and they will be deployed in crime hot spots, following serious incidents, and at pre-planned operations.  

The Force also answers the question of whether or not the drones are being used to spy on the general public. The Force's answer is: "Absolutely not. Drones are only being used as an extra resource to target criminals operating in public places. It’s a mobile equivalent to CCTV. Strict legislation governs the use of drones – including their use by the police. All of the data is encrypted for security."

Lancashire Police

Lancashire Police carries similar information on its website, answering questions such as which cameras their drones carry and how their pilots have been trained. The Force says the police has to comply with existing legislation and regulation in respect of drone use.

Lancashire Police also details its use of drones, saying UAVs are deployed to enable an effective use of resources, improve the safety of the public and the police, provide good quality evidence to assist apprehension and prosecution of offenders, and enhance joint working with other emergency services and external partner agencies.

North Wales Police

A detailed breakdown on drone use can be found on North Wales Police's website. The Force promotes its use of drones by highlighting the various use cases, their image capabilities, and the ambition to add further drones to its ranks. 

.The page makes specific reference to the fact that the drones won't be used for general public surveillance, and adds that the police drone will only record data (stills or video) if there is a policing purpose to it.

how does HELIGUY.com™ help the police?

Comprehensive supply and support for law enforcement teams.

Build Your Drone Programme With Us By Your Side

As one of the world's leading drone suppliers, HELIGUY.com™ has established a track record of delivering dedicated operational support to police forces. 

We are entrusted by more than 40 forces in the UK alone, helping to bolster their UAV programmes and supporting them every step of the way.

As a true one-stop-shop, HELIGUY.com™ offers comprehensive cover to all aspects of a police drone division, including access to free expert consultancy and advice; technical support from our in-house DJI-approved team of technicians; dedicated police drone training; staging demonstration events and roadshows; and attending handover days, enabling officers to unlock the true potential of their aircraft.  

HELIGUY.com™ is a trusted DJI Partner and has a vast inventory of drones and sensors to help support the work of police forces across the world. With more than a decade of experience, HELIGUY.com™ has established a portfolio of contacts to provide access to a wealth of industry-leading solutions, such as Elistair's Drone Tethers and Excelerate Technology's UAV Streamer.

Allowing forces to dynamically and flexibly scale their fleets, HELIGUY.com™ offers a range of supply options, including 0% finance purchasing and a large pool of rental stock.

With warehouse facilities in Dallas, Texas, USA, and the United Kingdom, HELIGUY.com™ is able to supply drone pilots and support police drone programmes around the world.

“Crucially, drones provide vital information which stops us putting firefighters or police officers at risk. The relationship that we have as a drone team with HELIGUY.com™ means that if we ever need expert advice or support, they are only a phone call away."

PC Alan Hincks, Northamptonshire Police

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Expand Your Skill Set For Mission Confidence

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HELIGUY.com™ also runs dedicated ES-DOT training courses for the emergency services.

These tailored sessions give pilots the confidence to succeed while on operations. Click here to find out more about our ES-DOT courses.

Our ES-DOT training courses have enabled officers to deploy quickly and effectively. Derbyshire Constabulary's first female drone pilot was trained by HELIGUY.com™ - read the full story here - while two officers deployed less than 48 hours after completing HELIGUY.com™’s ES-DOT Course – filling a vital gap in operational capability. Read the full story by clicking here.

HELIGUY.com™ also holds CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training courses for the emergency services. CPD is widely regarded as a mandatory activity in the continuation of any professional enterprise, helping to maintain an optimal level of safety and service provision. 

The HELIGUY.com™ CPD-accredited training package is essential for drone pilots in the emergency services, ensuring they are flying to a high standard and in strict accordance with the rules and regulations.

"Our officers had the confidence and ability to deploy quickly after passing their assessment. This was down to the HELIGUY.com™ training team, making sure the officers had the knowledge and skills to deploy the drone confidently. The HELIGUY.com™ training was fantastic - I can't recommend it enough - and their ES-DOT course is essential for the emergency services."

PC Tom Gee, Derbyshire Constabulary

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions About The Police's Use Of Drones

Why do police use drones?

The police use drones for a range of purposes, including assisting with searches for missing people, catching criminals, reconstructing crash scenes, collecting evidence, monitoring crowds, and accessing situational awareness to improve incident response and improve officer safety. 

Do the police have to comply with existing regulations and legislations?

Yes they do. The emergency services need to work within the existing legislation and specific regulations in respect of drone use. Their drone pilots also need to be properly trained and certified.

Are police using drones to spy on me?

No. Police use drones to support lawful policing purposes. The drone isn't always recording and any data recorded will only be retained if there is a specific requirement.

 

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