Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been given the seal of approval by the state police in Queensland, with the organisation finding the devices offer unique solutions that provide them with results they need.
This is a significant endorsement for the technology, and proves the ability for UAVs to integrate seamlessly into existing businesses and industries.
Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller believes the expansion has set a nationwide precedent within Forensic Services Groups. The Queensland Police Service's (QPS) Photographics Section will receive a second UAV to provide added support at crime scenes across the state. This allows officers to access a unique perspective when investigating these scenes.
Of course, the QPS will be making use of UAVs' ability to capture still images and/or video, giving them the chance to later present this evidence in court.
Ms Miller made it clear these devices offer an unprecedented approach to crime scene investigation, and are not simply substitutes for other aerial alternatives such as helicopters. UAVs can provide detailed analysis of locations such as roofs, cliffs or any other hard-to-reach spots.
"Our forensic services officers have a vitally important job. They go to great lengths to scour a crime scene for the tiniest bit of evidence that may make all the difference to a case," Ms Miller said.
"These new drones will offer investigators the opportunity to record a comprehensive aerial overview of crime scenes - something that they haven't been able to do before now."
The expansion has been in planning for years, with the original investigations taking place in 2010 and granted approval in 2013. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has approved the use of UAVs and they have already been deployed on their first investigation.
QPS deployed its UAVs to investigate the aftermath of a fatal house fire in Beenleigh, allowing investigators to stay safe while the device inspected the property.
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