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Cayman police using drone to fight crime

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 1:04 PM
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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – The police service will be using new drone technology in the fight against crime.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service last week used a new commercial standard drone during a simulation of a multi-agency rescue operation at the West Bay Public Beach. 

They have been using small unmanned surveillance aircraft for almost a year but officials say the drone is capable of carrying multiple camera payloads depending on the need, and last week’s training exercise gave operators a chance to gain more experience using the device.

In its recent annual report, the Civil Aviation Authority noted the significant increase in the use of drones and the challenges they pose to air traffic.

The police service said its equipment is regulated under the authority through the Air Operations Unit.

They say the drone model has been used for the past year to secure evidence at crime scenes and for remote searches, as well as, to produce high-level professional imagery.

During last week’s test, the drone was part of a coordinated exercise that involved police, the Cayman Islands Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services in a dummy rescue of a swimmer in trouble.

Home Affairs Minister Tara Rivers said the exercise was to test the new drone and the ability of the fire service to support the police and the marine unit in an emergency.

She explained that the goal was to enter into a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the agencies to improve the local capabilities for inshore rescue.

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