Remote piloted aircraft systems (drones) and body worn video cameras



The Justice Sub-Committee on Policing considered how Police Scotland currently makes use of remote piloted aircraft systems, also known as drones, and body worn video cameras. The Sub-Committee also considered any plans Police Scotland may have to expand the use of either tecnhology.

The Sub-Committee gathered written evidence on this issue, and took oral evidence from Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority on these issues on Monday, 18 January 2021. The Sub-Committee published its conclusions and recommendations on its scrutiny of these issues on Thursday, 18 March 2021.


The Sub-Committee undertook a public call for views as part of this work. The details of that calls for views are available here. The call for views closed at 12 Noon on Monday 11th January 2021.

Written submissions received in response to the call for views can be read here.

The following supplementary evidence was received from Police Scotland:


The Sub-Committee published its inquiry report on Thursday 18 March 2021-

The report is also available on the Parliament's digital hub

The news release which accomnapied this report is also available online.

Additional Information


Previous Correspondence 

Correspondence received by the Sub-Committee between April 2019 and December 2020 on the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones)-

Correspondence received by the Sub-Committee between January 2017 and April 2020 on the use of body worn video cameras-

Previous Oral Evidence (Body Worn Video Cameras)

On 15 June 2017, the Sub-Committee held a one-off oral evidence session on the issue of the use of body worn video cameras by Police Scotland. Written and oral evidence received as part of that session is available online here.

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