Police Scotland is planning to trial the use of two drones, it has been revealed.
One is to be based in Inverness and the other in Aberdeen and would be used in different operations, including searches for missing people, according to the BBC.
The Scottish Police Authority board was informed of the plan before Christmas.
It said that Police Scotland hopes to have the drones operational in March and available to units, including road policing, and to armed police officers.
The broadcaster noted that a small drone was used by police in 2015 in the search for a hillwalker who went missing in the north west Highlands.
Police Scotland used the drone for taking aerial images which could be examined for signs of Mr Cyl, but he remains missing.