National Police Air Service (NPAS)

NPAS and drones

National Police Air Service Drones Lead, Russ Woolford said:

“The National Police Air Service (NPAS) provides air support to Police forces throughout England and Wales using its fleet of 19 helicopters.  It does not operate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, which may be operated by individual forces on local tasks suited to their use.

“The police use of drones is governed by civil aviation legislation with specific approvals to use drones for policing purposes issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.

“NPAS supports the use of drones in policing and is committed to achieving their effective, ethical and safe operation as part of the overall capability available for policing from the air.”

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