A press of the wrong button resulted in the crash of an $85,000 police drone in the United Kingdom. The ground station of the Aeryon SkyRanger R60 displayed an error message prior to the crash. The drone pilot wanted to dismiss the message but accidentally switched off the engines.
A hostage situation in the Belgian town of Halle ended in a very remarkable way last weekend. The police used a drone to drop handcuffs on a hostage-taker who was about to surrender. After the suspect handcuffed himself, the police were able to arrest him. As far as is known, it is the first time that a police drone has been used in this way.
In the United Kingdom, the Lincolnshire drone squad aids in the search for a missing child in Bourne Woods. The youngster was found after three hours.
Local donations made it possible for the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan to purchase a new thermal police drone, announced Sheriff Paul Bailey on December 22nd.
The use of police drones to enforce corona measures or to monitor demonstrations is increasing resistance. According to privacy experts, the risk of invasion of privacy is increasing. In Belgium, the Minister of Justice has even protested against the intention of the police to use drones to monitor compliance with corona measures during New Year’s Eve.
When we talk about police drones, we often talking about DJI and sometimes even Skydio and Autel. Unmanned aircraft from these manufacturers are most often used by first responders and police departments. However, this is not the case in Sacramento. Watch the video below to see how the Sacramento Police Department uses a $93 cinewhoop fpv drone to enter a crime scene in a way that none of the above-mentioned drones could do.
The NY Times posted a detailed article on how a California police department is using drones to respond to 911 calls and aid in other day-to-day police activities. The use of drones by the police understandably raises concerns among various civil rights groups.
Deputies used a drone to track down a suspected DUI driver without success. A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy noticed a driver in a pickup truck who appeared to be under the influence. The driver took off after a failed attempt from the deputy to pull him over.
The Dutch police will be investing heavily in expanding its drone fleet in the coming years. The police currently have about sixty drones. In two years, there must be at least 130. The drones are increasingly being used for various applications, such as enforcement, locating missing persons, and investigating traffic accidents.
Drones play a key role in documenting crime scenes, finding missing persons, and assisting with other routine problems at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.