Putting the drones to work in Altea, Costa Blanca

NEW ACQUISITION: Miguel de la Hoz with Policia Local officers. Photo credit: Altea town hall

ALTEA’S Policia Local has acquired another drone. This will increase and improve their capacity for surveillance and inspection, said Miguel de la Hoz, councillor for the town hall’s Traffic and public safety departments.
The Policia Local’s existing drone was equipped with a 20-megapixel camera but could not be used at night, De la Hoz explained, while one of the new drone’s two cameras has thermal vision.
“Thanks to this we can monitor traffic, suspicious situations and crimes as well as assist during emergencies or rescue operations at all times,” the councillor said. The Policia Local are also organising a course for using drones.
“We have two drones now and need at least one pilot on duty for each shift,” De la Hoz said. “Until now we have had four qualified officers and we are organising this course because that isn’t enough.”
This will be held at the Policia Local headquarters in Altea from March 2nd-8th and with six officers signed up for the 72-hour course, the local force will soon have 10 drone pilots. The course, which is open to other Policia Local forces as well as members of the public, costs €750 for officers belonging to Spain’s security courses and €900 for others.

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Lisa Burgess