Speaking to CDP as part of this month’s Special Report on drones and emergency services, Sergeant Kevin Taylor, chief pilot of the Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit, gave an insight into what it meant to get a drone operation of the ground.
Here, he comments on some of the challenges and gives insight to what is crucial to get right when setting it up.
Taylor explains: “Fortunately, the project ran relatively smoothly although it is imperative you get the right candidates for the role. Remote Pilots are selected based on their enthusiasm and dedication to the team and that determination really is crucial in getting results.
“Officer availability for training can be a challenge so the training had to be scheduled over a period of several months, however that fortunately didn’t have an impact on delivery of the project. The role of a Remote Pilot isn’t a glamorous one, you are often working under a lot of pressure for long periods of time and often at night when it’s cold.”
He added: “We are extremely focused on safety and very mindful Lincolnshire is an Area of Intense Aerial Activity.
“Our deployments often mean we need to operate in airspace used by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows and low flying military fast jets. Fortunately, our Chief Pilot fly’s aircraft and helicopters as a PPL so we have a thorough understanding of what is needed to ensure we operate safely, and we have invested a lot of time in building a valuable working relationship with the RAF and local flying clubs.”
See the report in full here: