Lincolnshire charity uses drone to locate rough-sleepers

P3's Lincolnshire Street Outreach Team to use live-streamed video from drone to find people sleeping rough in remote rural and coastal locations

A Lincolnshire charity is introducing video footage from a drone to help support its workers locate rough sleepers in remote and rural coastal locations across the region.

The P3 Lincolnshire Street Outreach Team is a support service and social enterprise that delivers services for the socially excluded and vulnerable.

Team members assess the live-streamed footage from the drone and direct their colleagues to the rough sleeper via the safest and fastest route.

Andy Lee, P3 service coordinator, said the technology would "revolutionise" the charity's capabilities in helping to support vulnerable people sleeping rough.

He said: "Often when we receive information from the public letting us know about someone sleeping rough the location is vague – for example, ‘in the sand dunes along the north shore’ or ‘down the public footpath and across the field’ – and of course sometimes the person has also moved on from this location.

"Because the drone will help us to search vast areas within a relatively short period of time, we will be able to locate people much faster, assess the easiest and safest route to access their location and guide our support workers remotely to them.

"It will prove to be an invaluable asset, because time is always the key factor when we’re trying to find someone.

"This technology has the potential to transform our working practice by giving us back the hours we would spend searching for someone to invest in directly improving lives."

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