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Unmanned Systems & Drones

Multicopters for cops

Whether searching for missing persons, documenting traffic accidents or hunting dangerous criminals - multicopters are increasingly proving invaluable to the police. A one-year pilot test in Bavaria is to decide whether all police HQs will be kitted out with drones in the future.

06 Dec. 2017
Multicopter for the bavarian police

The police in Bavaria have had several multicopter systems at their disposal since as early as 2015. Fitted with high-resolution cameras, the drones provided aerial reconnaissance and observation for the G7 Summit in Elmau, for example. Since then, the state criminal police and specialist units in particular have been making the most of the capabilities offered by this airborne tech, which causes far less commotion than a helicopter. What’s more, drones also supply valuable information in impenetrable terrain and areas that emergency services can only reach with great difficulty. Given all the benefits on offer, Bavaria's regional government has now decided to launch a one-year test phase with the ultimate aim of equipping all police HQs with multicopters. "The testing will enable the Bavarian police service to build up more experience in the value of using drones," explained Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.

From January 2018, all police stations will be able to request a drone when they need one. Set up to run for a year and costing approximately 75,000 euros, the drone test will further expand the tactical options available to the police, claims Minister Herrmann. "It will help us make Bavaria even safer." He also believes the drones will deliver added value when it comes to assessing hazardous scenarios and damage, processing crime scenes and recording traffic accidents, particularly at times when police helicopters are grounded due to weather conditions, for example.

The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Transport (80539 Munich, Germany)