Sussex's nightlife just got a little safer! As part of their commitment to ensuring safety during the nighttime, Sussex Police have unveiled a new tool: a DJI Matrice 30 drone. But this isn't just any drone. Fitted with advanced thermal imaging cameras, spotlights, and even a speaker, this police drone's primary mission is to scan the area, particularly the beach, during Friday and Saturday nights. Its purpose? To detect vulnerable individuals, potential criminal activities, and collect necessary evidence.
Eyes in the Sky: The Drone's Features
This innovative device takes surveillance to a new level, offering a bird's eye view of areas typically challenging to monitor, like the beach. Two skilled operators handle the drone, working closely with officers on the ground who can swiftly respond to situations picked up by the drone's camera.
As Superintendent Adele Tucknott points out, “It is an extra set of eyes in the sky that gives a completely new perspective.” She adds, “The primary aim is to prevent crime by helping to spot vulnerable people and criminal behaviour, ultimately stopping people coming to harm.”
After a successful run in West Sussex locations like Bognor Regis and Crawley, the police drone has made its way to Brighton. Here, it joins other safety initiatives like high-visibility patrols, Night Safety Marshals, taxi marshals, street pastors, Beach Patrol, and digital screens highlighting support services like the ‘Ask for Angela' scheme.
Taking Safety Seriously in Sussex
This deployment sends a robust message. As Superintendent Tucknott emphasizes, “Sussex is a safe place to live and visit… You will be heard, believed and supported.”
The drone's funding came through the efforts of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.
Katy, recognizing Brighton's vibrant nightlife and the potential threats lurking in the dark corners of the city, stated, “Sadly, predators and opportunists will seek to take advantage of the parks and dark shoreline. That's why I was pleased to see that police are now able to deploy a drone providing vital eyes in the sky.”
In conjunction with other safety measures, local nightclubs are also stepping up. Rox Promotions, for instance, has teamed up with authorities to distribute Stop Topps, anti-spiking drink covers, in various venues across the city. A true testament to the community's collective effort in prioritizing safety.
For residents and visitors in Sussex, it's clear that safety isn't just a word; it's a promise, one that's being kept with the aid of technology and community collaboration. As the night falls, the DJI M30 police drone rises, ensuring peace of mind for all.
Photo credit: Sussex Police.
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