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Two more drone pilots join Nottinghamshire Police’s drone team

Two new police drone pilots are now on duty after completing weeks of arduous training.

Pc Amy Botham and Pc Ty Foers joined the drone pilots team are the latest recruits to Nottinghamshire Police's drone team.

They have learned how to fly and use the force’s fleet of remote aircraft safely and effectively.


“I have been a response officer for the last 15 years and I’m really excited by this opportunity," said Pc Botham.

"Drone technology is playing an ever more important part in our work and the technology is evolving and improving all the time.

“There’s been a huge amount to learn and the training we have received has been excellent.”

In the past, searches would involve more officers or be costly due to involving a police helicopter.

The new training included special attention to aerial search procedures over open terrain because more than a third of current drone use is related to missing people.

The drones are equipped with thermal cameras, technology that has saved lives before.

The new pilots have completed written exams as well as practical flight tests and scenario simulation exercises in search of a missing person.

“These really aren’t the kind of drones you see being flown in your local park; they are large, sophisticated and extremely expensive aircraft that must at times be flown in restricted areas in high pressure situations.” said Sergeant Vince Saunders, chief drone pilot at Nottinghamshire Police.

“I am delighted to welcome our two new pilots to the team and have every confidence they will rise to every challenge that is set for them ­— saving officers’ time, public money and people’s lives along the way.”

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