Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Home Office written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to measure the effectiveness of police forces' use of drones in response to (a) motorbike, (b) off-road bike and (c) moped related crimes.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

Decisions to use drones and in which circumstances are operational matters for the police.

In a study published on 30 November HMICFRS recommended that the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) publish an Air support strategy to consider how drones, rotary and fixed wing aircraft are most effectively used by police forces. The NPCC has accepted this recommendation.

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