Hampshire Police to deploy crime-fighting drones after £160k preparation spend

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Hampshire Police is set to deploy drones into its work from mid-August after spending £160,000 on training 34 operators and buying seven drones with Thames Valley Police.

Officers will deploy three in Hampshire in searches for missing people, at football matches, photographing crime scenes, during police raids and at car crashes.

A report from Portsmouth News detailed the drones will also be used as air support to monitor criminals armed with a gun or knife during an incident so officers on cordons can be sent back on patrol.

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The story added that PC Andy Sparshott said the kit would mean the force would need to deploy fewer officers.

He said: “We can use these drones to search areas where officers are currently on cordons. We are there protecting the people’s safety because of an offender there with a knife or it may be a firearm-related incident.

“Our officers are on cordons awaiting air support and by having drones locally available it means we can release those officers quickly from the incident back to policing patrol for the next emergency.”

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