Baltimore Police to give update on security, aerial surveillance use

Posted at 1:57 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 19:29:32-04

Baltimore Police will use aerial surveillance to provide security during Maryland Fleet Week and the Baltimore Running Festival, police said in a Friday afternoon news conference. 

The controversial program. unveiled in August, was used to study 100 cases, police said. The department has used the plane for 300 hours.

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Police said the view from 8,000 feet above fills in gaps of existing CitiWatch cameras, as crime happens and suspects run away. Police also said the program allows police to know what CitiWatch cameras to look at, and what specific times to track crime.

Commissioner Kevin Davis said he could have introduced this surveillance differently to Baltimore, but said the city needs to police differently in 2016.

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