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Lancaster approves police aerial surveillance

Lancaster officials approved the use of a small fixed-wing plane that will allow deputies to monitor criminal activity.

November 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A controversial aerial surveillance crime fighting operation in Lancaster has been approved.

The Lancaster City Council on Tuesday approved the use of a small fixed-wing plane that will allow sheriff's deputies to monitor suspected criminal activity.

The "eye in the sky" will circle the city 10 hours a day at a cost of $90,000 a month, but officials said they have the revenue to afford it.

The sheriff's department denies the plane will be used to spy on Antelope Valley neighborhoods.