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India’s first ‘Police Drone Unit’ launched in Chennai

The Greater Chennai City Police (GCP) has launched ‘Police Drone Unit’ for aerial surveillance over vast areas and quick detection of criminal activities. The project, which costs approximately Rs 3.6 crore according a press release by the GCP, was inaugurated by outgoing Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP) C Sylendra Babu, in the presence of Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal at Besant Avenue, Adyar.

Overview of the news

The use of drones in law enforcement will provide the police with an additional tool to monitor and secure large areas more efficiently. The drones equipped with advanced surveillance technology will aid in identifying potential threats, monitoring crowd gatherings, and assisting in traffic management.

According to the police, a total of nine drones under three categories are available in this unit: Quick Response Surveillance Drones (6), Heavy Lift Multirotor Drone (1) and Long Range Survey Wing Place (2). These are all equipped with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities and can be operated up to a distance of 5-10 km from the ground station.

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  • Tamil Nadu  Chief minister: M. K. Stalin;
  • Tamil Nadu  Capital: Chennai;
  • Tamil Nadu  Governor: R. N. Ravi.

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