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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) (1671A/23)


I am writing to request the following information from West Midlands Police about the use and deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

Please may you provide me with answers to the following:

  1. Do you use UAV’s at crime scenes? If so what type of scenes, Arson, missing persons, etc. and how many times have they been used in the last two years?
  2. Do you use your own UAV’s or subcontract UAV services from an outside body/Police force? If so which company/body do you use and what type of UAV?
  3. Have you ever used UAV’s to help search for clandestine graves or missing persons?
  4. How many staff do you have trained to deploy a UAV? What has been the cost of staff training?
  5. Are your UAV operators police officers or staff?
  6. If the answer is yes to any of the above what has been the approx. cost internally and externally?


Please find attached (1671A_23_attachment.pdf).

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The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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