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Baltimore City police surveillance plane helped advance cases

Posted at 7:36 AM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 07:36:44-05

Baltimore City police's aerial surveillance plane helped advance investigations into nearly a dozen cases. That's according to a new report.

The Police Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., found the aerial surveillance footage was used in the investigations of seven shootings and three murders. The group said Baltimore police's surveillance program has potential to be successful but needs to be studied more, suggesting a "rigorous evaluation" to determine whether the program helped control crime and was cost-effective.

The report is the first formal review of the aerial surveillance program. The Police Department is still considering whether to move forward with the iniatiative after its pilot program last year created a lot of controversy.