Police in Durham have announced that it will start to use drones to help the service tackle crime in rural areas.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham, Ron Hogg, is hoping the use of UAVs will give the force a better look at the issues in remote locations.
According to the Teesdale Mercury, the announcement comes as police forces in the region have seen frontline officers cut in recent years as well as a reduction in the amount of cover that can be offered by police helicopters.
Jon Carling, Mr Hogg’s head of policy and communications, told the Mercury: “We have some drones but we are keen to get more. It’s a good way of spotting and following-up on crime. They often prove invaluable in having sight of large rural areas quickly.”
Mr Hogg made the announcement as part of the 2019 Rural Policing Statement.