Police Scotland to deploy RPAS in missing person searches


Police Scotland has confirmed it will begin to use RPAS when searching for missing people.

The drones will be based in Aberdeen and Inverness and will become operational from May 1.

According to a report from the BBC, the force has previously ran trials of the technology in Aberdeen and Inverness and the cities’ officers will be the first in Scotland to use drones in operations.

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Operated by trained officers in uniform, the drones will also help assist local policing and events.

Head of specialist services chief superintendent Matt Richards, told the BBC: “The addition of the RPAS to our air support capability will ensure we can deliver this service to the north of the country when previously weather or terrain may have prevented or delayed this.”

He added: “The introduction of the RPAS will be hugely beneficial to teams for example, when searching for vulnerable or missing people, particularly in the remote areas that we have in the north of Scotland. The RPAS will not replace the Police Scotland helicopter and there will still be occasions where we deploy the helicopter in the north rather than the RPAS.”

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