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Protect Dayton from Warrantless Airborne Surveillance

Because of the efforts of community activists, this proposal was withdrawn by the Dayton City Commission.


The Dayton City Commission is considering a request from the Dayton Police Department to work with a local company to provide airborne surveillance. If approved, the city will pay $120,000 to Persistent Surveillance Systems for 120 hours of airborne surveillance.

These planes are able to monitor an area four times as large as Dayton’s downtown. The rapid-fire cameras used on the plane make the captured data more like film than still photos. Police can zoom in on any part of the image, in real time. This means that they could track your car down the street or watch you swimming in your backyard.

The police department's proposed guidelines do not require a warrant prior to surveillance; lack clear retention and sharing policies; and fail to provide for independent oversight.

Aerial surveillance is promoted as a potential to be a useful tool for law enforcement. However, without protections this evolving technology could violate privacy and stifle First Amendment expression.

Say No to Eyes in the Sky; Enter your zip code below to send a letter to the Dayton City Commissioners urging they vote down the proposal unless it is amended to include privacy protections. We have a sample letter for you to use or edit.

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