Rapid expansion of use
Typically, when I mention drones on this site; I’m talking about criminals using drones to deliver drugs to prisons.
But, all technologies are ethically neutral and get used by both law enforcement and law-breaking communities.
Although the first dedicated police drone unit in the UK was only launched in July 2017 in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, many forces have been following suit.
I haven’t been able to lay my hands on any official figures, but police services in Gwent, Kent, London, Manchester, Merseyside, Norfolk and Sussex all use them for a variety of operations.
Common uses include:
- Crime scene searches
- Monitoring coastline and woodlands to help combat wildlife crime
- Monitoring drug raids
- Searching for missing people
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