DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The City of Dayton is backing off plans to patrol the city from the skies.
City Manager, Timothy Riordan, made the announcement moments ago at the Dayton City Commission Meeting.
Police Chief Richard Biehl supported the idea, but civil liberties groups worried that it would invade people's privacy.
Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan issued the following statement to 2 NEWS:
"I do not intend to move forward with bringing the Persistent Surveillance Systems contract before the City Commission for consideration. In our meetings around the community, we heard viewpoints and opinions from all sides. While we believe there are real potential benefits to the strategic application of this technology, we heard enough confusion over how it would be applied to concern us. The City of Dayton has placed a priority on using technology to enhance operations and control costs across our organization. I commend Police Chief Richard Biehl and Assistant City Manager Shelley Dickstein for their efforts in bringing this technology application forward because of their concern for community safety and job creation. Going forward, we will continue to pursue technology investments whenever practical. One thing is clear: technology advancements will continue to offer opportunities in the years ahead in terms of services, safety and job creation. We will be poised to take advantage of those opportunities."
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