The public safety industry consists mainly of the police department, fire department and rescue services. There are various different applications of drones in the three different public safety sectors. Although the various different applications exist, there is also an unanimous application of being able to coordinate people. A drone can be deployed by the police (can be seen on right), fire department or rescue services to be able to manage assets. This sort of drone can help increase the efficiency with which each person/asset is positioned and provides tactical data to make sure manpower is used effectively. This leads to decreased needs in labour due to increased efficiency and surveillance that can help these public services cut costs.
There are also special drones for the fire department which are made to be able to dispense liquids to fight a fire (seen on right). When such drones do become a reality, then we will see massive decreases in the need of labour in the fire department. This is because a fire would be able to be surveyed and fought by a few operators in a control room. This would decrease the need for firefighters to actually go and fight the fire which is less efficient and would require much more labour. These sort of drones as such are still in the development phase and will not be operational for at least a few years. Therefore, we will not see their effects very soon.
Like the fire department, the police department has its own specialized drones in development by various companies. One of these is mainly a surveillance drone which will be able to chase after a suspect and follow him providing the drone’s location to the controller until a police officer can be dispatched to the area. If multiple drones can replace police officers in operations that police departments conduct then there would be a decrease in labour as well as operating costs as each officer needs a firearm and various other accessories that have an upkeep cost. This decrease in operating costs would mean that police departments can use the money elsewhere.
Drones for rescue services are much easier to make and are highly effective. Instead of having multiple people searching for someone in a rescue operation. There can be only a few people on the ground and instead drones in the sky which have a much larger view and can spot things very quickly using algorithms. In fact, drones can replace almost all manpower in search operations and also quite a bit in other rescue operations. This decreased labour would result in decreased operating costs
Overall it looks as if various drones in the public services sector will result in overall decreases in operating costs and labour as well as increases in efficiency. They would also be able to in some situations respond more quickly than normal officers of public safety departments which would be a huge incentive for public safety departments to adopt them. Because of their advantages there is no doubt that drones will come to the public safety sector however they may be delayed in arrival due to privacy and regulatory issues.