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Police are to embark on a six-month trial of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset to aid officers in a number of policing matters including missing people searches and crime scene photography.
Starting on the 2nd of November, police in Devon and Cornwall will be able to call upon the services of two DJI Inspire 1 Drones which are equipped with high definition (HD) cameras which can capture both video and still images.
...and indeed, a drone has already been deployed in a search for a missing person already this week.
Using a drone to capture footage on difficult terrain and hard to reach areas such as cliffs, woodland or the moors to find a missing person, combat wildlife crime or even a firearm incident, will allow officers to gain vital information, quickly, safely, and allow us to respond effectively at the scene.
Agreed, if it can help our shore cliff rescue services and the Dartmoor rescue teams then of course that is always a good thing.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
What's not to like about them?
As long as you've got nothing to hide right?
In all fairness, their use in searching for missing people is a good call.
Haha, completely, I'll continue bitchin' wherever, as I always have though, but yep, won't change anything...the internet spying thing is a good example...but as I have nothing to hide I guess I shouldn't worry, or should I?
I'm not sure about your call on 'they are going to do it anyway, so stop bitching'. If we all took that attitude, they will be spying on our internet activity next. Oh hang on.
originally posted by: Revolution9
a reply to: grainofsand
I can see the headlines now:
Devon and Cornwall police thwart IS attack on Farmer Pard's milking parlour with drone surveillance. The terrorists got their wellies stuck in the mud, too.
Cliff and sea rescue - a handy tool. For watching us - another Orwellian tactic. I'm no fan of the surveillance society.
I am in SW, too. Right at the very south west tip of the southwest tip of this England. If I try to move even further away from it all I'll be in the sea.