South Simcoe Police Service Partners with Innisfil Fire Service to Launch Drone
(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is partnering with Innisfil Fire and Rescue Service to launch a new high-tech tool to help keep our communities safe. The police service unveiled the new DJI Matrice 210 V2 Drone at the Police Services Board meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020. The device is a ready-to-fly aerial system that includes a remote with flight and camera controls and Flir thermal night vision capability to detect heat signatures and find people not visible to the human eye.
The drone will be an invaluable tool for:
· Ground searches for missing people
· Photographing and mapping scenes at a serious motor vehicle collisions
· Crime scene investigations and tactical operations
· Marine-based emergencies and search and rescue incidents
· Fire scenes and hazmat events
The maximum flight duration is approximately 30 minutes per battery and maximum altitude is 120 metres above ground. South Simcoe Police Service requires judicial authorization to use the drone for criminal or other investigative purposes. Two officers have completed the requisite pilot training and the drone is scheduled for deployment by mid-March.
For media inquiries contact Staff Sgt. John Chalmers at 905-775-3311 extension #1017.
Photos of the drone, presentation to the Police Services Board and drone pilot Constable Devon Northrup are attached.