Two new lightweight and nimble police drones operate in the skies over Nottinghamshire – each with the ability to fly longer with stronger wind resistance.

The new Autel Evo II 640T are smaller “backpack” units that can be more easily transported on foot over difficult terrain and can be deployed more quickly.

With state-of-the-art thermal imaging capabilities and powerful zoom cameras, these cost-effective options will provide even greater flexibility for agents in the field.

The smaller drones’ ultra-high-resolution 8K cameras, powerful spotlight and live-streaming capabilities will prove especially useful for surveillance, intelligence gathering and search and rescue operations.

PC Paul Henson of Nottinghamshire Police said: ‘Since the team’s launch in January 2020, they have played a direct role in saving the lives of several high risk missing persons.

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“We have also opened up a host of new options for officers across the force, who now have greater freedom to request an additional eye in the sky, giving them additional capability and confidence.

“Previously the only option we had to provide was the police helicopter – which is a hugely expensive resource shared across the East Midlands region.

“These latest additions to our fleet can be airborne in minutes and also transported on foot to more challenging or remote search areas.

“As a result, they will continue to revolutionize the way officers work in the field – while providing excellent value for money to local residents.”

The drone team, comprised of a rotation of 16 highly trained officers, is available to respond to incidents throughout the county 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is also available to conduct pre-scheduled deployments.

Police forces across the UK have used a variety of platforms to provide aerial views of people and events since the 1920s – from airships and fixed-wing aircraft to helicopters and drones.

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