The first 24-hour police drone unit is to be launched, amid fears
that forces may have to rely on them because of falling officer
The ‘flying squad’ will pursue suspects, find missing people and help
solve murders. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, national
spokesman on drones, predicted forces across Britain would soon be using
them as they are cheaper than helicopters and can perform some duties
of bobbies on the beat.
But the move has prompted privacy concerns and warnings that the technology should ‘never be an excuse to cut officers’.
Devon and Cornwall Police has advertised for a drone manager
to lead its new dedicated unit, which will be launched in the summer
and shared with Dorset.