The Lancaster City Council approved a measure Tuesday to allow authorities to perform aerial surveillance to help fight crime in the city.
Mayor R. Rex Parris says the plan will involve a $1.3-million, piloted Cessna 172 fixed-wing aircraft affixed with optical equipment that would circle the High Desert city at altitudes of 1,000 to 3,000 feet some 10 hours a day.
The Council approved the measure unanimously. It will begin April 1.
The technology, developed by Lancaster-based Spiral Technology Inc., would record video footage that would be transmitted to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.small airplane that could capture images from as far as five miles away and instantly relay footage to deputies on the ground.
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If you’re interested in domestic surveillance, you may also want to read the CRS report from January 2011: Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues