More UK police forces invest in drones to help with investigations


Yet another emergency service has adopted drone solutions to help with criminal investigations. 

North Wales Police is the latest force to have invested in training officers to use unmanned aircraft in their duties. Fifteen officers and staff have been trained to use UAVs to capture video and images to be used in investigations.

This includes searching for missing people as well as gathering evidence from road traffic investigations and major crime incidents.

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The team’s two drones, which can also carry a thermal imaging cameras, have already been used to search for missing people and investigate incidents during a trial last year.

An agreement with the force means the fire service can call on police drone pilots to help them deal with incidents when needed.

North Wales Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard told the BBC that the drones were a highly cost-effective tool in fighting crime and helping communities.

Police in Scotland also recently trialled the use of two drones to help with  investigations , including locating a missing hiker. Police Scotland hopes to have the drones operational in March and available to units, including road policing and to armed police officers.

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