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01.02.2022 – 20:00

Central German newspaper

Halle/MZ (ots)

Saxony-Anhalt’s state police want to include unmanned aerial drones in their regular investigative work. The test phase with camera-equipped flight units, which has been running since 2018, has been successfully completed, the Ministry of the Interior in Magdeburg told the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Wednesday edition) published in Halle. According to the ministry, the drones are now to be used “permanently” for searching for missing persons, recording accidents and working at crime scenes. 26 drones and around 70 trained pilots are available for this. “This enables nationwide use throughout the country,” the ministry told the newspaper.

The ministry had previously tested the use of drones in various fields of police work. Conclusion: There is a “considerable range of services” for the new tools, said Interior Minister Tamara Zieschang (CDU) of the MZ. “The drones make the work of the state police much easier.” The minister emphasized: “The project work has shown that what is happening at crime scenes and accident sites can be documented much more quickly and in more detail with aerial photographs, and that the subsequent evaluation and investigation work is made easier.” In the fall of 2021, a project group in the ministry had already mentioned further potential uses for police drones: for example, when special units are deployed and investigating crime hotspots.

Saxony-Anhalt has already invested in the future use of drones by the police. The Ministry of the Interior puts the total budget for drone purchases and pilot training up to the year 2026 at 1.16 million euros. So far, around a quarter of a million has flowed.

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Original content from: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, transmitted by news aktuell


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