Hackney Police has become the first London police force to introduce UAVs to its manhunt operation as it gets city-wide operation underway.
The camera drone, which is on loan from Surrey Police, is set to be implemented in a search trial that is expected to last until November.
The service has begun the trial in a bid to explore an alternative option that can be called upon when helicopters are not available or practical.
A Hackney Police spokesman told the Hackney Gazette: “We were the first to meet the criteria for our missing person case. They weren’t found but it was very positive and able to clear a large open area a lot quicker than it would take multiple officers walking through on foot.
“It’s not used for surveillance, it’s for time-sensitive incidents where a helicopter would be deployed if available.”