Cops learn how to fly drone in bid to tackle ru­ral crime

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - NEWS -

A PAIR of po­lice of­fi­cers from the Der­byshire Ru­ral Crime Team have passed a course that will give them the abil­ity to fly a drone over the Der­byshire Dales.

PCS Andy Shaw and Karl Web­ster will use the de­vice to re­motely mon­i­tor the area from above, which they say will help them in­ves­ti­gate crimes in the ru­ral area.

Sar­gent James Shirley said: “Drones can bring about great ben­e­fits to polic­ing which can give us more ca­pa­bil­ity when it comes to pre­vent­ing and de­tect­ing crime.

“Es­pe­cially so in the Peak Dis­trict and in ru­ral-based in­ci­dents, now that we have two of­fi­cers from our team trained and qual­i­fied for drone sup­port.”

The force an­nounced it was us­ing the tech­nol­ogy through­out the county, with a small ded­i­cated drone unit to pro­vide ae­rial sup­port.

Drones have been used as part of the po­lice’s re­sponse to a wide va­ri­ety of in­ci­dents in­clud­ing search­ing re­mote lo­ca­tions for miss­ing peo­ple, help­ing in the hunt for a wanted man, pro­vid­ing an ae­rial view of drugs war­rants and di­rect­ing fire­fight­ers tack­ling the Sad­dle­worth Moor wild­fire.

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