Police Drones Save 50 Lives in Norway in 2023

Drones Transforming Search and Rescue Operations

In 2023, drones in have emerged as a crucial tool in operations, significantly enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of these missions, reports UAS Norway.

With the ability to navigate challenging terrains and provide vital information from the air, these drones have played a pivotal role in locating and saving lives.

The Rise of Drone Technology in Policing

Impressive Track Record

The program, as reported by the national police figures, has been remarkably successful. In 2023 alone, drone pilots in the Norwegian police force have discovered 50 missing people, showcasing the significant impact of this technology on public safety.

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Photo: Hans Torgersen, Dronemagasinet

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl expressed pride in these achievements, highlighting the drones' crucial role in life-saving operations.

Advancements in Search and Rescue

In difficult search areas with limited visibility, equipped with thermal sensors have proven invaluable. Operational leader Jørgen Lunde Ronge presented a video demonstrating how a drone's heat-seeking camera located a missing person unseen by ground search crews mere meters away.

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Photo: Hans Torgersen, Dronemagasinet

The Evolution of Drone Operations

Early Challenges and Improvements

Initially, each drone pilot found an average of 0.1 missing person per year, a number that has since increased dramatically due to the implementation of new techniques and tactics.

Andreas Aalstad Nilsen from the drone service explained the initial surprise at the low discovery rate and the subsequent shift to more effective methods.

Implementing the Bicycle Wheel Model

The police adopted the “bicycle wheel model” to structure search and rescue work. This approach involved optimizing various parameters such as flight altitudes, angles, and patterns to enhance the likelihood of finding missing persons.

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Photo: Hans Torgersen, Dronemagasinet

These tactical changes led to a noticeable improvement in the drones' effectiveness.

Drones – A Vital Tool for Modern Policing

The Norwegian police's drone service, with around 3,000 hours of flight time, half of which were dedicated to related missions, has demonstrated the transformative impact of drones in search and rescue operations.

With the integration of innovative methodologies like the bicycle wheel model, police drones have become an indispensable asset, not just in locating missing individuals but in safeguarding lives.

The success of the police drone program in 2023 is a testament to the power of technology when combined with strategic implementation and dedicated effort.

Photos courtesy of UAS Norway.

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Haye Kesteloo
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