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Sussex Police trials drones

The Argus: Sussex Police trials drones Sussex Police trials drones

Sussex Police is trialling the use of drones to beam live pictures to officers on the ground.

The unmanned aerial system (UAS) is going to be used around Gatwick Airport from this month, with the force hoping it will allow them to quickly assess locations and film incidents from above. 

If successful, it could be used to help police road accidents and find wanted or missing people. 

Superintendent Brian Bracher said: "The aim of the trial of the system is to make the airport and the area around it even safer by allowing us to monitor a wide area from the sky.

"It could help us collect evidence and monitor events from a distance which would help us detect crime and prosecute offenders.

"It could be used in situations where deploying patrols would put officers or the public at risk.

"At the same time, the UAS offers a cost effective alternative to a manned aircraft, is quickly deployable and can stay in the air for a longer period of time.

"This will not replace patrols but will instead give us the opportunity to monitor incidents on the ground from an extra angle."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "The benefits of using unmanned aerial systems to assist police operations has already been proven in other police force areas and I am pleased that Sussex Police is trialling this innovative, cost-effective technology.

"Using these systems can help improve the effectiveness of police patrols and, ultimately, increase public and officer safety.

"A number of other agencies are already using this system, which will also enable Sussex Police to work more efficiently and collaboratively with partners."

An officer will control the aircraft from the ground, in line of sight, using a portable console from up to 500 metres away.

The trial of the Aeryon Skyranger system is being funded by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to test how effective it could be in policing.

Land owners close to the airport are being shown how the system works and are being asked for their permission to deploy the equipment from their land.

The officers who will be using the equipment will do so in line with the current Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations.

The aircraft is expected to be used for the first time later this month.

If the trial is successful the UAS could be used during operations such as collecting evidence after collisions or major incidents and in the search for wanted or missing people as well as at the airport.

Click here to view a video of footage from a similar drone.

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2:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

Having had the misfortune to have to visit Sussex Police public enquiry desks and call the switchboard several times, I was convinced that they already made extensive use of drones...
Having had the misfortune to have to visit Sussex Police public enquiry desks and call the switchboard several times, I was convinced that they already made extensive use of drones... Goldenwight
  • Score: 8

3:04pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PorkyChopper says...

It's your duty to shoot them down.
It's your duty to shoot them down. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 7

9:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

"If successful, it could be used to help police road accidents and find wanted or missing people." What a great line. It's definitely all about helping poor innocent victims, isn't it? It's not at all like they'd use them to secretly look in our bedroom windows, is it? If you see one hovering outside your teenage daughter's bedroom window rather frequently, there's a perfectly innocent explanation, you know. We've all seen that Channel 4 show about CCTV camera operators, and how lecherous they were, zooming in on scantily-clad young female clubbers queuing for a taxi in Newcastle or wherever it was. Bl00dy pervs - we've had a State-funded virtual peeping tom service foisted upon us and we didn't even notice!
"If successful, it could be used to help police road accidents and find wanted or missing people." What a great line. It's definitely all about helping poor innocent victims, isn't it? It's not at all like they'd use them to secretly look in our bedroom windows, is it? If you see one hovering outside your teenage daughter's bedroom window rather frequently, there's a perfectly innocent explanation, you know. We've all seen that Channel 4 show about CCTV camera operators, and how lecherous they were, zooming in on scantily-clad young female clubbers queuing for a taxi in Newcastle or wherever it was. Bl00dy pervs - we've had a State-funded virtual peeping tom service foisted upon us and we didn't even notice! Roundbill
  • Score: 1

9:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

worthingite says...

They will NOT be able to fly them in GATWICK ATZ - its a working airport, a fly away, which is all too common with drones could be a HUGE disaster!!!!!

Laughable!
They will NOT be able to fly them in GATWICK ATZ - its a working airport, a fly away, which is all too common with drones could be a HUGE disaster!!!!! Laughable! worthingite
  • Score: 2

9:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

ARMANA says...

More big brother, wont be long, they will be issued to traffic wardens,
More big brother, wont be long, they will be issued to traffic wardens, ARMANA
  • Score: 7

9:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

worthingite says...

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=S-tOFkCz
oo8&feature=youtu.be


My goodness,they are flying it !!!

Lets hope they have the £50 million public liability to fly it near the aircraft,NO insurance company will touch this drone flying so close to the aircraft.

Blind leading the blind!
https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=S-tOFkCz oo8&feature=youtu.be My goodness,they are flying it !!! Lets hope they have the £50 million public liability to fly it near the aircraft,NO insurance company will touch this drone flying so close to the aircraft. Blind leading the blind! worthingite
  • Score: 1

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