I do think it’s a great idea and one I’d be happy to help with if I was more “able bodied”. We had a vulnerable person go missing in our area yesterday. The police had X99 circling overhead for quite sometime and quite a few ground teams scouring the local park. After about 10hrs the person was found safe and sound, if not a little confused and stressed.
This got me thinking if it would be more effective and a better use of resources to have a few coordinated teams using drones in various parts of the town rather than the only Police helicopter for the West Yorkshire area.
In America land there was a charitable organisation called something like EquiSAR. It was originally formed to help locate horses that had wandered from ranches. However they were once called on to assist in the search of a small child that at the time of calling had been missing for four days. The drone team managed to locate the child within something like 20mins but unfortunately the child had died. When the FAA got wind of this activity they served the Charity with a Cease and Desist notice as the FAA considered this a commercial operation for which the group were not authorised to conduct, even though they sought no payment for their services.