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Singapore Police deploy drone-equipped response teams

Channel News Asia reports the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has launched a fleet of ground vehicles equipped with drones for patrolling security events, undertaking search missions and situations requiring aerial surveillance.

“These vehicles, called the Sky Aerial Response Command (Sky ARC), will each carry up to three drones. Other incidents in which the drones could be used include tracking suspects across a large area, such as a forest. The drones are equipped with thermal imaging and can detect human presence. The drones, which can fly to an altitude of a few hundred metres, will feed information and transmit images back to an integrated command and control system, said SPF.

“The Sky ARC will have an integrated command and control system….In response to concerns about privacy, SPF said that the drones come with sirens and markings to make their presence clear to people in the area. In addition, SPF will comply with existing government data storage and privacy policies.”

“Speaking on how the police intend to deal with privacy concerns, director of planning and organisation Assistant Commissioner Daniel Tan said: “It’s a matter of the trust we have with the public, and this is something we don’t take for granted.”

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