Police Look to Replace Helicopters with Drones to Cut Spending Costs

Suffolk, UK.

Police Look to Replace Helicopters with Drones to Cut Spending Costs

Police chief constables are looking at ways of cutting spending costs on the force by adopting the use of military like drones that are much less expensive to run than helicopters are.

Police Drone in Flight 300x200 - Police Look to Replace Helicopters with Drones to Cut Spending CostsDue to cuts in the force by the government the police have had to look at ways to reduce spending costs and one of these, as it turns out, could be to replace police helicopters with military style drones instead. The NPAS (National Police Air Service) says that they could save £400,000 a year which could employ around 8 new bobbies and are considered to be a much more effective crime fighting tool for certain situations and circumstances.

The police commissioner Tim Passmore has said that his force pays £800,000 a year to the NPAS and this money could be used for better things like actually employing and training more police officers. They say that they pay for 250 flight time hours a year but they only used half of that time last year in 2014. So using drones could help save them up to half of the amount they pay to the NPAS and this is an area they would need to expand and grow in anyway due to the emerging and ever speedily drone technology development that is occurring right now.

Remote Controlled Police Drone 150x150 - Police Look to Replace Helicopters with Drones to Cut Spending CostsIt’s not just Suffolk police doing this but other forces are following suit. Both Surrey and Sussex police are buying 5 new drones this year they will be trialling to put into permanent use for police and crime fighting work. Essex, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Wiltshire & West Mids police forces have had drones in their armoury for a while now and are using them more and more as and when the need arises. This is because they are showing good results and proving to be effective for policing.

Because of this, and because crime never stops. Because they are trying to reduce costs and using drones instead of helicopters is going to save our U.K’s police forces a lot of money over the course of say 5 to 10 years, we can expect that drones will truly indeed replace police helicopters because they will effectively be able to do everything and anything that choppers can do anyway. I’m talking a 15 million candlepower spotlight, heat-seaking thermal camera, HD video recording, high fidelity audio capture, even have a monitor screen and loud speaker attached. Also, as drone technology increases, the flight time will improve with quadcopters and increase from minutes to hours. Proving to be very helpful indeed to the police force indeed.

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Read the original report on the Mirror website. Both the ITV and the BBC had already reported on this on the 23rd March.

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