Police officers in Delhi, India, are set to use unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for missions including night-time surveillance. The quadcopters will boast stabilised thermal imaging and night vision cameras with live-streaming capacity. The move has been prompted by crimes recently committed in the north of the city. According to reports, the police force has selected the same aircraft model used by the National Disaster Response Force to search for survivors of the Uttarakhand floods in 2013. However, a police official suggested that the force was seeking to reduce the purchase cost of the devices by asking for them to be supplied without the standard Kevlar armour and rugged control pads.
The use of CCTV and UAVs together will provide the Delhi police with a comprehensive surveillance network in the North Delhi district. Each aircraft will fly at around 200 m (650 ft) above ground level.