Remotely Piloted Aircraft System officially operational: Windsor Police
The Windsor Police Service has announced a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) is officially operational and now serves as another tool to help keep the community and officers safe.
“We often respond to calls for service that require additional support to locate missing persons, to collect evidence and to enhance the safety of our public where risks to community members and officers exist,” the service detailed in a news release. “The addition of trained officers piloting the RPAS can assist in these situations and may lesson or even eliminate risks associated to these types of calls for service.”
Anticipated uses for the RPAS include:
• Assisting in locating missing and vulnerable persons
• Obtaining digital and aerial images to support criminal investigations
• Assist at collision scenes
• Assist with marine emergencies
• Assist in calls where having digital images can reduce or eliminate risks to persons; such as a bomb call, hazardous material spill, and weapons call
Officers piloting the RPAS have completed extensive training and are all qualified operators. At this time, six officers are trained and qualified pilots.
The RPAS will be deployed as needed in response to calls for service, the service said.