New drones will not replace force helicopter, says Sussex police chief

FOUR new crime-fighting drones have been bought by police to help fight crime across two counties.

Saturday, 9th April 2016, 6:06 am

Sussex and Surrey forces have been using drones for the past two years – in missing person searches, protestor responses, airport security and crash scene investigations.

Surrey and Sussex Police have been awarded almost £250,000 to fund the high-security devices, Aeryon SkyRangers.

They are capable of operating during daylight and after dark, in high wind and heavy rain, and can reach speeds of about 30mph.

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Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry is head of Surrey and Sussex Police Operations.

He said: ‘I must stress drones are not a replacement for the NPAS police helicopter; they are complementary to it.’

He added: ‘Our project, operating five drones, is by far the largest in the UK.

‘There are a number of forces around the country that are commencing drone trials and the information from their trials will be incorporated into our report.’