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REPORT: Baltimore May Deploy Surveillance Planes to Crackdown on Crime, Gun Violence

TOPSHOT - A car drives down a street in Baltimore, MD on March 26, 2018. (Photo by David GANNON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images)

The City of Baltimore is considering the deployment of surveillance aircraft to crackdown on crime and gun violence across the beleaguered city.

“The surveillance plane that flew over Baltimore could be making a comeback,” reports CBS Baltimore. “The owner of Persistent Surveillance Systems said Tuesday he is meeting with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison next week.”

“The current mayor has said if the police commissioner wants it, he should be allowed to have it,” McNutt told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “We hope that when the commissioner sees what we do, and how effective we are, that he would be very supportive of it.”

“We’ve approached the Civilian Review Board to make sure that we are living within our very strict privacy policy,” McNutt said.

“Our objective is to reduce major crime by 20-30 percent within the first year. When you look at the numbers, that’s 70 to 100 people not being murdered,” McNutt said. “We would see most of the murders in Baltimore from the plane. You don’t have to solve them all because it’s a small number of people who are committing the vast majority of them, and if we can remove that small number, we can have a dramatic impact on crime.”

Read the full report here.