A police department in England is preparing to deploy a unit of drones, called the “flying squad” by locals. The drones will run 24 hours a day and their functions are to include responding to traffic accidents, taking photos at crime scenes, as well as looking for suspects and missing persons.
The Devon and Cornwall (D&C) police department is the largest in the country and are keen to add this unit to their already existing drone program. The department has experimented with drone surveillance, sending out tweets to reassure citizens about sightings.
The Daily Caller looks into drone usage by police:
Police forces seem to be increasingly exploring the potential applications of such flying devices (formally known as UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles) because they are often able to reach areas and viewpoints that humans can’t. Drone appeal could also be on the rise due to the exponentially declining cost of deployment, especially compared to large helicopters.
A number of other public services are beginning to incorporate UAVs into their work. Firefighters use them to scope out dangerous fires and courier companies are testing drone-based delivery systems.
People have expressed concern over the potential for drones to replace human police officers and the increased level of public surveillance this could lead to.