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



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

The Sub-Committee will gather written evidence on this issue, and plans to take oral evidence from Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority on these issues on Monday, 18 January 2021.


The Sub-Committee has launched a public call for views as part of this work. Anyone interested in providing views to the Sub-Committee on the use of remote piloted aircraft systems (drones) and/or body worn video cameras may make a submission.

To make a submission please see our call for evidence here:

The closing date for submissions was 12 Noon on Monday 11th January 2021.

Read the written submissions received here.

Additional Information


Correspondence received by the Sub-Committee from 7 December 2020 as part of this inquiry will be available here-

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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