TTPS bans use of drones in no-fly zones during Independence Day

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TTPS bans use of drones in no-fly zones during Independence Day

The T&T Police Service has banned the use of camera drones in Port-of-Spain for Independence Day and other no-fly zones saying “it is strictly prohibited”.

The no-fly zones are: Port-of-Spain, Chaguaramas, Caroni, Pointe-a-Pierre, Point Lisas, Point Fortin and Galeota.

In a notice to the public, the TTPS added that additionally, drones are not to be operated within five kilometres of any manned aircraft operation—including the boundary of any airport—and within two kilometres of any helipad, at an altitude of over 400 feet, over any crowded area or over any public event.

The T&T Police Service said it will be deploying counter-drone measures over Port-of-Spain and environs to assist with safety and security for the 61st Independence Day celebrations on Thursday.

The TTPS noted: “Members of the Police Service’s Air Support Unit and other law enforcement agencies will be paying special attention to unauthorized and errant use of drones for the entire day.”

“All necessary steps will be taken to safeguard and protect the public, service personnel, attendees and display aircraft especially where drones create a hazard during this very security sensitive event,” the notice added.