Dear Dorset Police,

I represent a national directory of commercial drone operators. I am trying to give some clarity to our members on media reports.

It has been reported in the media following an FOI request from a Dr Alan McKenna, that there was a nationwide increase in drone related 101/999 reports in 2017, up 32% on 2016.
Amongst these calls there will be calls from legal drone operators to notify the police of the fact they're operating in an area of risk, say a city centre for example or within a school. There will be calls from people who have lost a drone or had one stolen by someone else. Therefore it's unlikely all the calls related to crimes that were actually being committed using a drone. I seek to clarify this.
Can you answer any of the following:

1. Can you breakdown the categories of the all calls relating to drones? I.e. how many calls were from legal operators, how many were reports of noise nuisance and so on?

2. Of the calls made to the police on the subject of drones, how many calls actually turned out to be crimes being committed? How many were attended by officers and how many led to an arrest?

3. In total, how many calls were made to your force through 101/999 in 2017 on all subject matters.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Ballard

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Dear Mr Ballard

 

We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Request to Dorset
Police dated 23/05/2018:

 

1. Can you breakdown the categories of the all calls relating to drones?
I.e. how many calls were from legal operators, how many were reports of
noise nuisance and so on?

 

2. Of the calls made to the police on the subject of drones, how many
calls actually turned out to be crimes being committed? How many were
attended by officers and how many led to an arrest?

 

3. In total, how many calls were made to your force through 101/999 in
2017 on all subject matters.

 

Your request will be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. You should expect to be sent a response within the
statutory limit of 20 working days, subject to the provisions of the Act. 

 

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting my reference number as above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Fitzgerald

Alliance Freedom of Information Officer

Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor

Tel: 01392 226220 (Mon-Fri)

Email: [1][email address]

 

Alliance Information Management Department

Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

Working together to serve the public

 

 

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Dear Mr Ballard

Please find attached the response to your above numbered Freedom of
Information Request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Steve Hawkins
Alliance Freedom of Information Officer

Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters, Middlemoor

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Lee Ballard

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