Po­lice to use drones for pa­trols

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

DRONES could soon be fly­ing above Lough­bor­ough and Charn­wood to keep watch, un­der plans un­veiled by Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice.

The author­ity’s Chief Con­sta­ble, Si­mon Cole, re­vealed the de­tails at a meet­ing of Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s Po­lice and Crime Panel, re­spon­si­ble for sup­port­ing and chal­leng­ing the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner in his role to hold the Chief Con­sta­ble of Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice to ac­count for the per­for­mance of the force.

Mr Cole said: “I was asked about drones rather for­tu­itously, we had just be­come a CAA so it’s a Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity li­censed drone force, so we will be us­ing drones.

“We’ll be us­ing them to do things like look for miss­ing peo­ple, they’ll en­hance our pa­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties and we’re just work­ing through with some peo­ple who have been trained as pi­lots how to do that.”

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