Norfolk Police to use drones?
9:16am 20th March 2017
(Updated 9:16am 20th March 2017)
KL.FM has learnt that Norfolk Police are looking at the possibility of using drones to patrol parts of the county.
It comes after confirmation forces in the West Country will be able to fly them around the clock.
Devon, Cornwall and Dorset police are launching the first 24-hour unit in Britain
It will be up and running by the summer after a trial two years ago.
Officers have used them as an aerial view of a massive hotel fire and even to hunt for the escaped Dartmoor Lynx.
The remote-controlled devices are being dubbed vital to help cash-strapped forces "rationalise" their resources.
Norfolk Chief Constable Simon Bailey says they are looking at the idea but no decision has been made yet.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry is the National Police Chiefs' Council spokesman on drones.
He told the Daily Mail:
"I would not be at all surprised if other forces follow in due course - the question is not whether they will, it's when.
"There may be an opportunity at some point in the future to rationalise what we need our cops to do because we find drones can do it more effectively and more cost-efficiently…an example of that would be looking for missing people.
The drones are equipped with high definition (HD) cameras which can capture both video and still images.