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Infrared Cameras Used in Columbus Police Searches

Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 07:24 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Interest in helicopter-mounted infrared cameras may be at an all-time high after the gadgets were used to capture a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, but the technology has been utilized by central Ohio police for more than a decade.

The cameras were instrumental in the successful effort to locate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding inside a boat in a Watertown, MA backyard on April 19.

A Columbus police helicopter was first fitted with an infrared camera in 1999, and has since led to multiple upgrades.

Department choppers now include three cameras at a cost of $150,000 per device.

The cameras recognize the emission of body heat to help police locate suspects in hiding and people who are lost, while also assisting in the direction officers to specific locations.


Reporter: Carol Luper
Web Producer: Ken HinesInfrared Cameras Used in Columbus Police Searches

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