SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Savannah will soon be able to watch in real time the video surveillance from a police helicopter.
The Savannah Morning News reports that city officials have approved spending $48,000 for equipment that will transmit a live feed from a Savannah-Chatham police department helicopter to a command center on the ground.
Police say they'll use the technology to monitor crowds at large public events and, when possible, to track crime as it occurs.
A police spokesman told the newspaper that the camera will monitor only public spaces, except in limited cases where police might use it to track individuals after a suspected crime has been reported.
The department has 143 stationary cameras already mounted throughout its jurisdiction.