Botswana Police Service (BPS) recently bought surveillance air drones for intelligence gathering.
Information reaching this publication suggests that BPS bought an undisclosed number of air drones to help to fast track investigations on specific cases.
It is also understood that BPS has already outlined a number of hot spots which the drones will to frequent to gather intelligence information. The machines will be used mostly by Criminal Investigation Department CID and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CRB) due to their scope work.
Sunday Standard investigations turned up information that one of the drones recently went missing, and a team of police officers was dispatched to look for it but was never found it. The search was later called off for sometime as there were no leads. The machine was however recovered a few days ago and was handed over to CRB.
One of the eye witnesses who found the machine told this publication that, “sometime back we saw a group of police officers searching around Gaborone West Industrial but they were reluctant to tell us what they were looking for.” The eye witness said later one of the police officers came with a picture of the air drone and showed it to them and that is how they came to know that it belonged to the police when they located it on top of one of the building.
The eye witness added that the machine was located by people who were doing construction on the said building. In a brief interview BPS spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa said he would not want to discuss operational issues with the media. He said he was not aware whether BPS has bought air drones or not.