Artificial intelligence and drones ‘future of policing’


Media captionChief Constable Jeff Farrar on how technology has changed his job

Artificial intelligence and drones will be key tools in the future amid budget and job cuts, Gwent Police’s chief constable has said.

Jeff Farrar said he foresees every police vehicle carrying a drone in the years to come and for more computers to do jobs “that do not involve emotion”.

Gwent has had £50m of funding cuts and still needs to make £9m of savings. It has also lost 300 officers since 2011.

But Mr Farrar said the force was recruiting again after a jobs freeze.

Last year, 120 police officers were taken on, along with cadets and volunteers. This year, 160 officers will be recruited and the force had been “inundated” with applications, he said.

But, with more money

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