Use of UAVs by the MET Police

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To whom it may concern,
Please can I ask, under the Freedom of Information Act for following information (note: I have tried to use the dedicated contact form, but the limitations on amount of characters used prevents this)

1) Does the MET Police
a) own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones? if so, how many, and what type/make?

b) sub-contract UAV services from an outside body, company, or other police force for police operations? If so, which body/company/forces and what type/make are used?

2) How many times have the MET Police used drones for police operations since Jan 2020 (please can you provide monthly figures)? If answering this question would exceed costs limits, a monthly estimate would be sufficient, but please confirm figures are estimated. Can you describe the type of operations in which drones have been used (i.e. public order, missing person search, etc.)?

3) Did the MET Police utilize the changes brought in by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) between 8 April 2020 and 6 May 2020 to allow greater flexibility in the use of UAVs by the police in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, and if so on how many occasions?

4) Have any complaints been lodged with the MET Police about their use of UAVs in the last 6 months?

Please can you acknowledge receipt of this information request
Thank you
Jonathan Cole
Drone Wars UK

Cyclops on behalf of Charmine Gayle-Petrou, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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29/07/2020

 

 

 
 

 

Dear Mr Cole 

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/20/015046

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/07/2020.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

1)      Does the MET Police
a)      own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones? if
so, how many, and what type/make?

b)      sub-contract UAV services from an outside body, company, or other
police force for police operations?  If so, which body/company/forces and
what type/make are used?

2)      How many times have the MET Police used drones for police
operations since Jan 2020 (please can you provide monthly figures)?  If
answering this question would exceed costs limits, a monthly estimate
would be sufficient, but please confirm figures are estimated.  Can you
describe the type of operations in which drones have been used (i.e.
public order, missing person search, etc.)?

3)      Did the MET Police utilize the changes brought in by the Civil
Aviation Authority (CAA) between 8 April 2020 and 6 May 2020 to allow
greater flexibility in the use of UAVs by the police in relation to the
Coronavirus outbreak, and if so on how many occasions?

4)      Have any complaints been lodged with the MET Police about their
use of UAVs in the last 6 months?

 

I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the date originally stated. 

 

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For your information we are considering the following exemption(s):

 

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I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 07/09/2020

 

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May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Yours sincerely

 

 

C. Gayle-Petrou

Information Manager

 

 

 

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Cyclops on behalf of Charmine Gayle-Petrou, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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02/09/2020

 

 
 

 

Dear Mr Cole

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/20/015046

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

C. Gayle-Petrou

Information Manager

 

 

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