Hull-based Humberside Police has teamed up with the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service too add drones to its policing powers.
A DJI Matrice 210 and a Mavic 2 Enterprise dual, which were already in use by the Fire Service, will now be shared by both organisations when required.
Humberside Police described it as “an added capability to help us tackle crime from the skies working in conjunction with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been launched today Monday 2 September.”
It is a collaboration which will make sure that a drone is available around the clock for both services.
The high tech equipment will be held and operated by HFRS, but will be deployable whenever needed to help with policing investigations.
The software and hardware have been jointly funded by Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
The final accreditation of the drone pilots will take place on Wednesday 18 September, after which point the drones will be available for us.
Chief superintendent Christine Wilson, head of Humberside Police’s Special Operations Unit, said: “Aerial capabilities are now regularly used in policing operations, and these drones will supplement the support we get from NPAS (National Police Air Service) both in terms of the helicopter and the imminent deployment of fixed wing aircraft.”
Adding: “We are really excited at being able to complement our capability for all manner of spontaneous incidents such as searching for both missing and wanted people, assisting with rural crime investigations and supporting our firearms officers. I am delighted that we can build on the excellent relationship we have with HFRS to develop this capability to serve our communities.”