Government insists the remotely controlled aircraft will only be used in high-risk situations and not to play big brother above people’s backyards.
Police Minister John Rau states: “Its almost a mini chopper, something that can be put up anywhere, anytime, this is the policing of the 21st century.” He adds: “It will enable the police to be able to observe scenes which would otherwise be dangerous or very difficult for people to get to themselves.”
Although drone technology has proven to be very valuable to policing, South Australia is just the second state in Australia and one of the few police forces worldwide to launch them.
According to Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Paul Dickson: “These devices will be useful to help gather intelligence during emergencies including flying over property where a siege is taking place to identify tactical options for police, or search for weapons on roof-tops, drug crops or even missing people. The units can also be used to rapidly inspect towers, infrastructure or other property searching for explosives or looking for damage after a fire. The examples are endless.”
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