THE POLICE’S latest eye in the sky recruits are ready for action.
Warwickshire and West Midlands Police’s trial of new crime-fighting drones started this week.
The remote-controlled helicopter-like devices are equipped with high-definition cameras controlled by officers on the ground.
They will be allow officers to get a clear view from above in less accessible areas, and to monitor locations too difficult or dangerous for officers to go.
The drones, about the size of a dustbin lid and with a top speed of around 25mph, can also help monitor large public gatherings and demonstrations.
The drones had not yet been deployed at the time The Observer went to press.