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[Editor’s Note: 16 pilots have been trained across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services.]
In a nine-month trial officers were trained to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before introducing them in June.
Inspector Mark Farrant from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services, said: “Exploring the efficiencies of new technology is key to helping us face the challenges of modern policing.
“The drones give us greater scope to capture evidence in real time, supporting our ultimate aim of protecting the public and fighting crime.
“Following the trial in which the devices assisted at the scenes of collisions and in police training, we anticipate this new resource contributing hugely to the work of the three forces – not to mention the obvious benefits to officer and public safety.”
The drones can be used to support operations and investigations and to help ensure the safety of the public.
They can capture high-definition video and take high-resolution photographs, help search for missing people, document crime scenes and chemical incidents and support fatal and serious collision investigations.
Across the three forces a total of 16 pilots have been trained from departments including roads policing and armed policing.
The tri-force is using four drones which cost in the region of £1,000-1,200 each.
The drones can be flown up to a height of 400 metres and in winds of up to 25 miles per hour, but must remain within the view and control of a pilot at all times.