Cumbria Constabulary, a police force in the U.K. county of Cumbria, is embracing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology – in fact, it is reaching out to the public to come up with names for the newly acquired aircraft.
As part of the two UAVs’ introduction into the county’s policing, the force is asking for help in naming the vehicles, which were donated by Quadcopters.co.uk.
“The force is always looking to be innovative in the use of technology to keep people safe and tackling crime and disorder. The UAVs provide officers with quick access to aerial assistance,” notes Matt Kennerley, chief inspector.
Cumbria Constabulary says it is working with Heliguy to maximize the effectiveness of the UAVs and also to train the officers.
“Newcastle-based drone retailer Heliguy was delighted to be able to help Cumbria Police with training for their new UAV operations,” says Steve Robins of Heliguy. “Heliguy provides training for pilots who want to gain official permission for commercial work from the Civil Aviation Authority, as well as selling, building and repairing drones.”The winners of the naming competition will be able to meet officers, see the UAVs in action and be awarded Faze mini quadcopters, also donated by Quadcopters.co.uk.
“Having seen a recent demonstration, I am very impressed with this great use of technology, and I see the UAVs as an effective addition to the tools available to the police,” adds Richard Rhodes, police and crime commissioner.