November 14, 2011
Lancaster will soon begin filming its citizens from above, as a camera-equipped plane circles over the city under a controversial plan to track potential criminal activity.
The program, unanimously approved by the City Council this week, will utilize a Cessna 172 fixed-wing aircraft equipped with a recording device.
The plane will fly 10 hours a day, from altitudes of 1,000 to 3,000 feet as its pilot watches for robberies, drug deals, car accidents and other incidents. The footage will be sent in real time to the local Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department station.