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Rotorcraft Report: U.K. Police Use Rotary-Wing Drone for Surveillance

By Staff Writer | July 1, 2007

Police

PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE

Police in the English town of Merseyside plan on using a helicopter drone to keep an eye on what’s going on in the countryside, but insist they are using the drone in an overt, not covert capacity. Use in an overt capacity would be used as a deterrent. It may be used in a situation in order to gain another perspective, said the police.

The drone, built by MWPower Systems, a British company, operates with a still camera, digital video or low light and infrared unit. The drone is 1 m wide and can record images from a height of 500 m. Two drones have been purchased, however, neither has been fitted with the equipment required for police surveillance. There will be a three-month trial period in the field before it is employed as a police surveillance tool.

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