Cape, alongside the Chula Vista Police Department, has released the early results from its UAS IPP Drone as a First Responder program.
As part of the San Diego UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), the scheme has seen drones equipped with the Cape Aerial Telepresence platform conduct more than 282 flights.
With more than 75 hours of flight time, the drones have contributed to 20 arrests.
Chris Rittler, CEO of Cape, said: “The Chula Vista Police Department is at the forefront of utilising drones to enhance the science of policing. As more agencies begin to adopt drone technology, Chula Vista will undoubtedly be the agency that others from across the country look to and replicate for emergency response and support.”
He added: “We’re proud to be a part of this initiative and to support one of the most innovative police forces in the United States.”
As part of the program, Cape-enabled drones are dispatched to high-priority calls such as crimes in progress, fires, traffic incidents, and reports of dangerous subjects, in close proximity of the CVPD headquarters, which is one of the heaviest call sectors in the City of Chula Vista.
After being launched, the drone’s on-board camera live streams HD video to the tele-operator in the command centre, who can manoeuvre the drone and the camera remotely in real-time in order to gain the exact visibility needed, and communicate with the units in the field.
Chief of police at Chula Vista, Roxana Kennedy, commented: “Since launching the DFR program, the program is already having a significant impact on operations and resource management. Real-time aerial visibility is critical when informing decisions, and in an emergency situation, is vital to the safety of our officers and citizens.”
She continued: “We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Cape, and expanding the DFR program to use drones to improve safety and efficiency, and reduce crime in Chula Vista. These early results are already proving the impact of the drone as a First Responder model, and it’s an honour to be a part of shaping the future of drone integration in the United States.”