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Inside the data-driven world of the LAPD's air division




Helicopters parked on the tarmac on the top floor of a facility near the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Anyone who steps on the squadron's logo has to do 50 pushups.
Helicopters parked on the tarmac on the top floor of a facility near the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Anyone who steps on the squadron's logo has to do 50 pushups.
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Police helicopters are a familiar sight over Los Angeles. At night, the choppers' bright lights pierce through windows and down dark alley ways in search of criminals.

Take Two's A. Martinez talks to reporter Geoff Manaugh about his New York Times magazine piece exploring how the nation's largest aerial surveillance program is changing policing and crime in Los Angeles.