WA Police boosts frontline policing with drone expansion

WA Police will expand its aerial frontline with an increase in drones to boost its “mobile eyes in the sky” operations.

The police force has embarked on a massive expansion of the remotely piloted aircraft to support on-the-ground police operations.

As part of the plan, WA Police would add up to 35 additional drones to its Air Wing fleet, available to every police district across WA.

The drones will be used to support a wide range of police operations including search and rescue, forensic mapping of crime scenes and other police tactical operations.

They will be fitted with technology including high definition recording cameras, thermal imaging technology, flood lights and speakers.

The drones will be capable of flying in both day and night time operations.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the drones would be used in every day policing.

“These drones will support a wide range of every day police activities and be especially useful during search and rescue operations in difficult terrain,” Mrs Roberts said.

“They will also ensure greater safety for our officers when navigating high risk and dangerous situations, by allowing them to quickly deploy a drone to gain greater situational awareness.”

She said the drones added to technologies that “ensure that our police are equipped with the latest tools to keep us safe.”

“This is an important initiative and builds on our work to modernise the WA Police Force and give our officers contemporary equipment to do their job more effectively,” she said.

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