Drone Incidents

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Request Date: 

Thursday, 20 April, 2017

Response Date: 

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

Request Details: 

Please can you supply the following information relating to DRONE/ DRONES 1. In the period 1st January 2017 to 31st March 2017 how many drone related incidents have been reported to South Yorkshire Police, with if possible a breakdown of the nature of the incident, the action taken, and the month it occurred in. 2. For each of the years 2015 and 2016, and in the period 1st January 2017 to 31st March 2017 whether South Yorkshire Police has brought any prosecutions relating to drone incidents.

SYP Response: 

I approached the administrator for South Yorkshire Police’s Incident Management System and Crime Management System (CMS) for assistance with your request.  

Question 1

Our Incident Management System records the majority of matters requiring the specific deployment of police resources, whether reported by members of the public or ‘happened upon’ by officers and staff in the course of their duties. As there is no generic incident title that meets the criteria of your request, our administrator has searched for incidents, where the keyword ‘drone’ is mentioned within the incident log, for the time period specified.

They supplied data from which the information on the Incident Tab on the spreadsheet was compiled.

Question 2

Our Crime Management System (CMS) is used to record complaints or allegations of those matters, which the Home Office specify should be recorded as ‘crimes’.

Our Administrator provided me with the enclosed data shown on the Count and Outcomes Tab and the following explanation of her search criteria:

I have provided a count of offences where the word ‘DRONE’ appears in the Circumstances of Offence Text of CMS.  This is a free text field in CMS and 27 offences were identified


I have broken the data down by month/year, Home Office class and Outcome of offence for the period 01-Jan-2015 and 31-Mar-2017

It is important when responding to this particular request that we differentiate between an ‘incident’ and a ‘crime’.  For example, a member of the public may well call with details of a matter which they feel we should be aware of, this may firstly be recorded as an incident and only after further investigation does it result in a recorded ‘crime’.  Not all incidents will therefore result in a recorded crime.


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