St. Louis Considers Surveillance Planes To Combat Crime | KBIA

St. Louis Considers Surveillance Planes To Combat Crime

Jul 10, 2020

With 2020 shaping to be an especially violent year in one of the nation’s most violent cities, St. Louis leaders are considering a new tool to fight crime — surveillance planes — even as opponents worry about the further militarization of police and privacy issues.

St. Louis has spent millions on anti-crime efforts over the years, but with little success. Alderman Tom Oldenburg’s proposal calls for contracting with a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, which initially developed its system to aid the military in Iraq.

In May, Baltimore became the first city to try the program as a crime-fighting tool, launching a six-month trial.