The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has approved a 500 million rupee program to integrate drone technology into contemporary law enforcement.
On Wednesday, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, who was in charge of a discussion about the use of drone technology in policing, agriculture, and mining, gave his approval to the project.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Moazzam Jah Ansari, the Additional Secretary, and other administrative secretaries were present at the meeting along with the Chief Secretary, Dr. Shahzad Bangash.
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The CM instructed the concerned authorities to ensure that the required parameters are met within 15 days. He also informed the officials at the meeting that the project will first be implemented in the police departments and for the operation of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority before it is extended to other sectors, such as agriculture and mining. It was also revealed that the drone technology will initially be used in the divisional headquarters.
CM Khan continued to express his belief that the project will enhance the police department’s operational and investigative capabilities. The CM went on to say that the deployment of drones will enhance rescue efforts even further and mark a significant turning point for contemporary policing.
The use of drones for patrolling will decrease workloads besides improving work efficiency and productivity and is expected to increase accuracy and prevent security threats through the simultaneous monitoring of vast areas.
The chief minister directed the preparation of the legal framework for successful implementation of the project, identification of areas for implementation of the technology and preparation of PC-1 for the project to be completed within the specified timeline.
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He asked the officials to constitute a working group to work out other areas and sectors for the possible use of drone technology.