Devon and Cornwall policewomen have teamed up with the Dorset force to operate six remote-controlled plane.
Equipped with zoom cameras and thermal imaging, they longing play a key role in missing person searches and major traffic wrecks.
As well as filming crime scenes, drones could also be critical in tackling terror attacks and firearms incidents.
Two the fuzz forces have taken the launched Britain’s first drone module.
This is not going to be a replacement for police officers
The two constabularies partake of been carrying out trials of the new technology since 2015.
Five officers make been trained to “pilot” the craft and a further 40 are due to complete their Polished Aviation Authority accreditation in the next 12 months.
Police chiefs say drones are “hugely outlay effective” when compared to helicopters.
Devon and Cornwall police own teamed up with the Dorset force to operate six remote-controlled craf
Choppers rate about £800 an hour to fly, whereas a drone can be bought and equipped unhesitatingly for less than £10,000.
Chief Superintendent Jim Nye described the unit as an “historic inappropriate to” for UK policing. “I think, long-term, it will be very cost effective to use the drones,” he rephrased.
“The helicopter isn’t always available and you want to have it available for life-threatening locales.
“This is not going to be a replacement for police officers – this is going to consummation what we do. I think the public would expect that if we can get value for monied with a drone over a helicopter, that we do so.”
It is expected other the gendarmes forces will follow
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He explained: “They can help us track and monitor be suspicious ofs during a firearm or terrorist incident. They will allow government agents to gain vital information quickly, safely and allow us to respond effectively at the section.”
It is thought that other forces are likely to work together to set up nearly the same drone units.