Though police departments across the world have been making the most of UAV performance in public safety and law enforcement work, officials of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan are going further by making drones a standard issue asset for of the province’s 82 divisions.

Saskatchewan RCMP has announced it is already about a third of the way toward equipping all its police divisions with at least one drone and qualified pilot to operate the craft. Launched in January, the expansion project aims to have all its forces airborne (or prepared to take flight when necessary) by April of next year.

According to the force’s communiqué on the campaign, Saskatchewan RCMP first began deploying drones way back in 2010 to provide elevated visual support in policing the province’s 651,900 square kilometers. 

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