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London police are considering the use of drones in motorcycle pursuits

By Shawn Knight
Jul 4, 2016
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  1. Aerial drones are quickly becoming an effective tool in the arsenal of law enforcement around the globe. Last year, North Dakota became the first state in the US to allow drones to carry non-lethal payloads while in Tokyo, police are using drones to take down rogue drones.

    Now, law enforcement officials in London are considering the use of drones for an entirely new purpose – pursuing suspected criminals.

    Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said crime involving thieves on two wheels is on the rise but noted that police face difficulty in curbing it due to the dangers of pursuing them. In the past 12 months, there have been roughly 3,000 drive-by phone thefts in the boroughs of Camden and Islington alone.

    The Evening Standard cites two separate cases in which alleged suspects trying to make getaways on mopeds crashed and were killed. Mackey noted that the pursuit of two-wheeled vehicles is not outlawed but said that there were factors for officers to consider (likely in regard to public safety).

    The possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to tackle suspects using both two- and four-wheeled vehicles to commit crime, he added, are currently being discussed at a national level by the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s steering group and the Centre for Applied Science and Technology.

    Aviation expert Julian Bray told the publication that police could use drones in place of helicopters in such scenarios, citing how they would be much cheaper to operate as well as their ability to aid ground units in a pursuit.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Great. They should also be armed with a few 50 cal. guns to stop those perps. ;)
     
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  3. Whitefyre

    Whitefyre TS Rookie Posts: 20   +7

    twin 50 cal mounted to the front and a little old lady in a volkswagon bus with a grenade launcher saying"go ahead make my day".

    :)
     
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  4. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Addict Posts: 278   +142

    Police use of drones is terrifying.
     
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,254   +222

    it's London, Criminals will be laughing while getting chased by a police baton :D
     
  6. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 559   +171

    only to the people that should be worried.
     
  7. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 215   +126

    Shotgun. 50 cal would be nice but shotguns are cheaper and easier to hit with.
     
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    But Britain is full of cameras everywhere, you can't even pick your nose in a secluded ally without it being captured at 4K so is there really a need for a bobby on the beat anymore?
     

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