Full-time flying squad: Police launch first 24-hour drone unit

Forces up and down the country have been trialling the use of the mini aircraft as a cheaper alternative to helicopters for a number of roles.

But now Devon and Cornwall police and the Dorset force have combined to launch a unit which will eventually have 40 officers trained to fly the drones.

At £2,000 each, compared with £800 an hour for a helicopter, it’s easy to see why police accountants like the DJI Inspire 1s drone option, but senior officers say the new unit will add flexibility and speed to a range of operations.

An officer from Devon  Cornwall Police prepares a DJI Inspire 1s drone
The full-time drone unit will be run from Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police forces

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