Devon Cornwall and Dorset Police have become the first police forces in the UK to launch a fully operational drone unit.
The latest in drone technology has been trialled in the two forces since November 2015 and such has been their benefit, an operational drone unit has been created – the first of its kind in the UK.
Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, commander for the Alliance Operations Department, said: “This is an historic step for the alliance and policing in the UK. Drone capability is a cutting edge way to support operational policing across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
“This technology offers a highly cost effective approach in supporting our officers on the ground in operational policing. Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.