The police will deploy dozens of extra drones in the coming years.

About sixty drones are currently in use, compared to only ten in 2017.

That number will approximately double in the coming years to "more than a hundred", the police said on Monday.

According to the police, the drones are suitable for tasks that are dangerous, dirty or difficult for humans to maintain.

That is why they are increasingly used in the search for missing persons, traffic accidents and law enforcement, among other things.

In 2019 this happened 556 times and in the first nine months of this year it was already 790 times.

During the corona crisis, the drones are also used to monitor demonstrations. According to the


, the police also want to use the drones later to track down drug buildings or stored explosives, for example. This is possible by mounting thermal cameras on the drones.