Describe what you did and why?
The Association of Dorset Watches (ADW) runs 4 public meetings every year around the county to bring together watch members. These gatherings are designed to learn, to network and to share.

In September 2019, Dorset Police were invited to give a talk and demonstration of their airborne 'helpers in the sky'. This meeting was designed for residents to hear directly from Dorset Police why they use this technology and how it helps to keep us all safe.

Duration of project:
6 months in the planning - half day meeting

What worked well?
Two qualified Dorset Police drones pilots gave an excellent presentation about the equipment they use and the benefits of eyes in the sky. A full demonstration was given over the playing fields outside and aerial photographs taken.

How did you overcome any challenges?
Good planning is key to success. The venue was carefully chosen. It had a large free car park and the large hall and facilities inside the building were fully accessible. Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided free of charge to all. The venue has good IT equipment for videos to be played.

How did you cover any costs?
The event was free of charge. Publicity costs were minimal. It was publicised through the Alert system and ADW members invited their members by email.
The costs for the hall and refreshments were covered from Watch funds.


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