Baldivis candidate wants to unleash power of drones on crime


Matt Whitfield.
Matt Whitfield.

INDEPENDENT candidate for Baldivis Matt Whitfield said he would launch a six-month drone trial in Baldivis if elected.

He said it was an innovative way to assist police with crime or accidents.

“The benefit of this project is that in certain circumstances a drone could be on site of an offence faster than the first emergency service responders and can provide valuable intelligence to the WA Police,” he said.

“Imagine there is a burglary in process and the Police Operations Unit authorises a drone.

“If that drone is in the air quickly and is able to follow the offender’s vehicle, it could then alert the police to its location.

“Only one arrest and this trial project would be deemed a success.”

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He said the cost of the project would be minimal and proper safety guidelines and laws would be in place for drones.

“Volunteers donate their time and technology in the first instance,” he said.

“CASA certified drone pilots would join a volunteer pool of six to eight residents.

“A drone can only be activated with permission from the Police Operations Unit.”

“Any drone footage is the property of the WA Police.

He said drone usage such as this would be commonplace in future.

“We need to make sure that we embrace smarter solutions that can assist with crime prevention,” he said.

“Legislation will need to be amended to allow this project to commence.”