Law Enforcement Abroad Launches Remote-Controlled Police Force

Law Enforcement Abroad Launches Remote-Controlled Police Force

Devon and Cornwall Police has advertised for a manager to head up the unit, which will launch in the summer and will be shared with Dorset.

A British police force is to launch a round-the-clock drone unit to help tackle crime.

As some might expect, people are concerned that UAVs could replace human police officers or add surveillance capabilities to a country that already does a fair amount of spying on citizens.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, National Police Chiefs' Council spokesman on drones, said the use of remote-controlled devices would allow cash-strapped forces to "rationalise" their resources.

'Deploying drones is a decision for individual chief constables who ensure that they are used appropriately in the interest of public safety and efficient allocation of police resources'.

He continued: "If delivering the best service within the budget means using drones for something, a cop is now free to go to that burglary".

Amid warnings of a national shortage of detectives, Devon and Cornwall Police hope that the 24-hour team will support police officers during major crime investigations, searching for missing people, responding to road traffic accidents, and capturing aerial photographs of crime scenes for example.

Around 21 police forces are experimenting with the technology, according to the Daily Mail.

An advert for the post says the "operational and dynamic" unit will be run from nine stations across the three counties.

Sussex and Surrey police forces are also said to be considering whether to expand their use of drones from part-time operations by officers to a full-time unit.

"I would not be at all surprised if other forces follow in due course - the question is not whether they will, it's when", he said.

Drones are also expected to save forces thousands - as the piece of kit can be bought for as little as £1,000 and the only operating cost is the battery.