The Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police in England will be expanding their drone fleet in the coming months, says unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions company COPTRZ, which will be supplying drones for the police forces.
According to COPTRZ, the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, which have full-time drone pilots and a dedicated drone unit, will be purchasing a range of specialized UAVs.
The investment in the new drones follows 18 months of successful trials across the region, the drone company says. Following a technical and competitive tender process, COPTRZ was able to recommend a complete UAV solution including airframe, batteries, cameras, control systems, and ongoing maintenance and warranty support.
The drones will be used mainly for missing-person searches, crime scene investigations and response to major traffic collisions. They will also help search the forces’ 600 miles of coastline. A number of the drones will be equipped with dual-camera capabilities, enabling ground teams to receive both thermal and optical zoom data simultaneously.
“We are delighted to be chosen as the exclusive partner of the U.K.’s first dedicated police drone unit,” comments Steve Coulson, founder and managing director of COPTRZ. “The demands of the awarded contract were strict; however, due to our unique supplier partnerships, we have been able to provide a bespoke solution that will prove to be an excellent asset to Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police.”
The company expects the new drones to be fully operational within the forces in early 2018.