Ontario's York Regional Police now has a SkyRanger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Aeryon Labs to deploy for various scenarios.
According to a news release from the police force, the UAV will be used to map the scenes of car accidents; search for missing persons; conduct security sweeps of empty venues before large, outdoor events; or assist with incidents that may involve hazardous materials.
The police force currently has three trained operators. The SkyRanger UAV is piloted from a tablet using an automated route and requires an operator and a visual observer.
“The UAV is a welcome addition to our investigative tool box,” says Eric Jolliffe, chief of police. “Not only will our highly trained investigators be able to map collision scenes more efficiently, but other units within York Regional Police, such as search and rescue, will also be able to benefit from the use of a UAV.”
Photos courtesy of York Regional Police