WA Police to expand aerial drone fleet

WA Police Force will add up to 35 additional drones to its Air Wing fleet and train up to 60 pilots over the next two years. Picture: File image
WA Police Force will add up to 35 additional drones to its Air Wing fleet and train up to 60 pilots over the next two years. Picture: File image

WA Police has announced plans for more mobile eyes in the sky with an expansion of its aerial drone capability to boost frontline operations.

Up to 35 additional drones will be added to the force’s Air Wing fleet with up to 60 pilots to be trained over the next two years.

The drones will be capable of flying both day and night, and will be used for search and rescue, forensically mapping crime scenes and other police tactical operations.

The technology will be fitted with high definition video recording cameras, thermal imaging technology, flood lights and speakers.

It’s anticipated that a drone will be available for use in every police district across the State.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said: “The McGowan Government is determined to ensure that our police are equipped with the latest tools to keep us safe.

“This is an important initiative and builds on our work to modernise the WA Police Force and give our officers contemporary equipment to do their job more effectively,” she added.

“These drones will support a wide range of every day police activities and be especially useful during search and rescue operations in difficult terrain.

“They will also ensure greater safety for our officers when navigating high risk and dangerous situations, by allowing them to quickly deploy a drone to gain greater situational awareness.”