(by Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the United Kingdom, a revolutionary approach to law enforcement is being tested. Instead of using helicopters and more expensive equipment to chase criminals and missing persons, they are beginning to use drones. Drones are much cheaper and can fit in much smaller spaces than other search vehicles. They also dispatch faster than people.
One concern with this type of technology is that it could lead to layoffs from the police force. Others believe it should not jeopardize jobs, but better enhance an officer’s service. Proponents see it as a way to safely direct officer involvement, especially when a crime scene may pose danger to an office. Devon and Cornwall are the first two areas where the drones will be tested. If successful, drones will revolutionize law enforcement.