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Drones are Leicestershire and Rutland police's eyes in the sky

A vulnerable child has gone missing close to acres of rural land, some of which is flooded. The officers know as each hour goes by the chances of finding him safe and well reduces. They also know to search an area of that size would take around 20 people at least a couple of hours - time that child might not have.

This situation is just one of the many incidents PC Matt Burton and his colleagues in the Leicestershire and Rutland Police drone team are on hand to assist with.

Once deployed to the scene, the drone’s powerful optical zoom and thermal imagery is able to search large open spaces in a fraction of the time and send live footage directly to officers on the ground. Within minutes the child is located and reunited with his family.

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