Lincolnshire Police deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at one of Europe’s busiest Christmas markets in a bid to improve safety.
The use of drones at the event comes in response to the Berlin market attack, which killed 12 people last year.
The Lincolnshire Police drone unit worked with Lincolnshire Police to monitor safety at the event, which attracts approximately 260,000 visitors over the course of four days.
While the Civil Aviation Authority has regulations in place that forbid drone flight over large crowds of people, the unit was able to fly above the launch site, where the bulk of the market could be viewed.
As well as flying systems to access real-time images from overhead, the Lincolnshire Police drone unit team also worked with Lincolnshire Police on its market stand to engage with visitors and demonstrate equipment.
A spokesperson from the force said: “It’s been a massively rewarding challenge for the team this year. Thanks to all people we spoke to at the Lincs police stand and all the senior commanders for their continued support.”
The final day of the market, which was set to go ahead yesterday (Sunday December 10), was cancelled due to an extreme snow forecast on Saturday night. The drone operators did, however, manage to capture images of a snow covered cathedral as well as the vacant market area.
Last year, Op Galileo saw around 250 offenders dealt with by being arrested, ordered to leave the county or given a warning, plus 40 vehicles and 31 dogs were seized.