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South Simcoe police unveils new drone

This drone will help find people not visible to the human eye

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 its new DJI Matrice 210 V2 Drone at the Police Services Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 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.