Major events in Melbourne will be monitored from above by police from as early as next month.
The drones will operate as part of a new specialist unit to be managed by Police Air Wing. They able to run 24/7 and will be equipped with night vision to monitor high-risk areas throughout the night.
“It will also assist when police attend emergency situations with the ability to fly a drone in to provide advice to someone in a tricky situation or supply first aid equipment or water,” said Inspector Craig Shepherd.
Police are looking to operate up to 50 drones within the next 12 months.