299 11 23 – UAV Information (November 2023)

Date of Request

November 23


Dear Sir/madam,

I recently requested some information from West Mercia Police and they have said that you provide the UAV’s for them under the interoperability arrangements. Please find attached the FOI request for information. I am studying for MSc and would like to know the information for my research.

Kind regards.


Dear X

Thank you for your request for incident information which has been received by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (the Service) and considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

The Service can confirm the requested information is not held and please find the answers to your questions as below:

Please may you provide me with:

  1. Do you use UAV’s at crime scenes? If so what type of scenes and how many times in the last two years?   We have a Memorandum of understanding with West Mercia Police to support some of their activities. Some of these are crimes scenes as are some of our operational incidents. However we do not record this information against flight logs and therefore cannot provide this information.
  2. Do you use your own UAV’s or subcontract UAV services from an outside body/Police force? If so which company/body and what type of UAV?   We utilise our own Drones
  3. Have you ever used UAV’s to help search for a clandestine graves or missing person?   We have a Memorandum of understanding with West Mercia Police to support searches for high risk missing persons
  4. If the answer is yes to any of the above what has been the approx. cost internally and externally?   Our UAVs are integral to our response assets and therefore we are unable to separate costs.
  5. How many staff do you have trained to deploy a UAV? What has been the cost of staff training?   We have 25 pilots trained at a cost of £250 per pilot.

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Information Governance Team