Sussex Police to trial drones around Gatwick Airport

The Aeryon Skyranger will beam live high-quality pictures to officers on the ground.

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Drone 'more cost-effective' than manned aircraft

The aim of the trial of the system is to make the airport and the area around it even safer by allowing us to monitor a wide area from the sky.

It could help us collect evidence and monitor events from a distance which would help us detect crime and prosecute offenders.

It could be used in situations where deploying patrols would put officers or the public at risk.

At the same time, the UAS offers a cost-effective alternative to a manned aircraft, is quickly deployable and can stay in the air for a longer period of time.

This will not replace patrols but will instead give us the opportunity to monitor incidents on the ground from an extra angle.

– Superintendent Brian Bracher, Sussex Police

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Sussex Police to trial drones around Gatwick Airport

Sussex Police is to trial the use of drones at Gatwick Airport, to beam live high-quality pictures to officers on the ground.

The Aeryon Skyranger drone Credit: Press Association

Sussex Police will use the system - known as the Aeryon Skyranger - as an eye in the sky for three months. Similar technology has been used in the past by police forces in Merseryside, Essex, Staffordshire and Northern Ireland.

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