6 times Kent Police used their drone in criminal investigations in April 2018

Kent Polices use of a drone is proving to be beneficial. Here’s how it helped their investigations in April:

Kent Police introduced the use of the increasingly popular electronic device in June 2017 to assist them in their police inquiries.

1. On the morning of April 6 the drone was used in a field in Ashford to photograph the scene of a serious crime which was able to gain high resolution images to help later in the investigation.

Above: Location of the crime. Field to the West of Ribston Way.

2. The drone was used at Sevenoaks Nature Reserve on the afternoon of April 17. Kent Police reported that the body of Guy Berry was found in the after he had gone missing on Easter Monday had been missing. The drone was again to take photographs at the scene.

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3. The drone assisted police officers who were searching for a suspect and goods which had been stolen. This was on the morning of April 20 in a field to the east of Aylesham Road. The drone was able to see a large area of land which assisted police in their search and meant a helicopter did not need to be launched and a smaller team of police officers were used on foot.

Above: Field to the east of Aylesham Road, Snowdown where the drone was used.

4. On the A228 in West Malling, the drone was used on the morning of April 25. The device obtained aerial photographs and video footage of a road traffic accident which involved a fatality. By using a drone, the police gained evidence and also saved money by not using a helicopter to take the photos.

Above: Scene of the crash (from Kent Online)

5. The drone was used again on the morning of April 26 at Sandwich Marina to photograph evidence of a serious crime which had taken place.

Above: The Sandwich Marina.

6. On April 26 the drone was used twice, as on the afternoon of this day it attended a crime scene at a field in Rainham, to take photos of another serious crime scene.

Above: The field area where the drone was launched.

Kent Police’s Superintendent Mat Newton said: “It is clear the use of drones in approved circumstances can improve the ability of officers to find missing people or get a better view of the scene of an incident.

“They will not replace police helicopters but can be used by officers during the early stages of an incident when a helicopter is not immediately available or their use is impractical.

“We have also given great consideration to the safety aspects of using drones as well as their operational capabilities and we firmly believe they will help us in delivering a first class service to the people of Kent.”

Drones do require a license when being used for business or profit purposes – in this case with Kent Police for example. However, if you are using the drone purely as a hobby, a droning license is not necessary. Drone users are advised to abide to the UK drone law, failing to do so can lead to a hefty fine. The Hub have reported how a local family are urging local residents to stay vigilant as they fear their daughters were spied on in their swimming pool by a drone breaking the law by being below 50ft.

In the video below, Kent polices Superintendent Mat Newton reveals why drones are important in their investigation:

Video from ThinkNation.

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