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7 June 2017, 12:35
Kent Police has started using drones as one of a series of measures to help keep the county safe.
Officers have been trialling the unmanned aerial vehicles since 2015 and have been chatting to other police forces who use drones to identify the benefits for day-to-day policing.
Now they will be used to help officers locate vulnerable missing people, as well as at some crime scenes and serious crashed.
The drones will be operated by uniformed police officers who have been specially trained and details of their use will be published on the Kent Police website.
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."