Lancaster approves police surveillance by plane
The aerial surveillance program, slated to begin by next May, will involve a piloted Cessna 172 fixed-wing aircraft that would circle the Antelope Valley city at altitudes of 1,000 to 3,000 feet some 10 hours a day.
The technology affixed to the plane and developed by Lancaster-based Spiral Technology Inc. will record video footage that will be transmitted to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
All five Lancaster City Council members voted Tuesday to approve the program, which will cost $1.3 million. Financing for the initiative would come from existing funds in the fiscal year budget, city officials said.
Local law enforcement officials hailed the new technology as a way to add superior surveillance, patrol and investigative capabilities to their crime-fighting arsenal.
-- Ann M. Simmons
Photo: An example of the type of surveillance plane equipped with optical technology that Lancaster officials have agreed to use to aid police.
Credit: Spiral Technology Inc.