The Alliance Drone Team, a partnership between Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police Forces, has used operational management system Centrik to expand and effectively manage operations covering almost 5,000 square miles.
Centrik is the only system of its type approved by regulators to manage both manned and unmanned operations and has co-ordinated activity for almost 50 police UAS pilots across South West England.
A collaboration between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, the Alliance Drone Team integrates UAS into the emergency services environment, supporting law enforcement for missing persons searches, major events and firearms incidents.
Sgt James Rees, its accountable manager, said: “Centrik has been a pleasure to work with, and has helped us to continue to professionalise our drone operations across our three counties.
“The software has allowed us to effectively manage our pilots, equipment and deployments, whilst ensuring effective risk management and safety oversight across our two organisations.”
The system also enables the Alliance Drone Team to reduce its administrative burden while ensuring operations are compliant with the very latest regulations.
Rees added: “Before Centrik, we spent a lot of time on data input. Now, our officers have a far smaller administrative burden without compromising quality or safety.”
David Hunkin, head of UAS at Centrik said: “Having already been adopted by NPAS, Centrik is uniquely well placed to help Police drone units reduce administration and set a new standard in UAS operational management, which is very exciting indeed.”