Drones are becoming more common in policing but they will not replace the police helicopter which is provided by the National Police Air Service (NPAS).
We have two DJI Inspire 1 drones.
They can be equipped with a HD camera or a thermal imaging camera.
Our drones have around 18 minutes flight time per battery.
They have a top speed of 49mph and can fly in wind speeds up to 22mph.
We currently have five pilots all of whom are volunteers in the Special Constabulary.
We also have one police constable pilot in our People Development (training) department.
Our team were trained by a commercial National Qualified Entity (NQE) and awarded their Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
All our pilot training and operations comply with CAA guidance in CAP 722
All our air operations comply with our Operations Manual which has been approved by the CAA.
We are developing our own training programme and have applied to the CAA to become an NQE which will enable us to train and certify new pilots for their PfCO ourselves.
Officers request drone support and our control room deploys them via police radio.
Our drones are driven to the scene from Police HQ in Devizes in a police vehicle and deployed from there, they never leave visual line of sight with the remote pilot
We will only every use our drone to support a lawful policing purpose, or for commercial purposes relating to Wiltshire Police
The vast majority of recording will take place overtly with an obvious police presence on the ground.
In some cases we will use the drone covertly, with appropriate authorities complying with all relevant legislation.
We're not always recording, most of the time we are merely using the camera to assist us from the sky.
We make every effort to remove or reduce the chances of recording you.
Recordings are stored and deleted in line with requirements of the Data Protection Act.
The Air Navigation Order is the principle legislation that deals with drones, articles 94, 95, 240 and 241
Read our Information about drones page that details all the rules and what to do.
Wiltshire Police are approved by the CAA to fly drones commercially and have permissions as well as some additional legal exemptions for emergency services.
The total initial set up cost was £30,000 for aircraft, two non-standard high definition optical zoom cameras, two thermal imaging cameras and six pilots PfCOs, including all administrative costs.