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Tom Callan, KSL Newsradio A Wisconsin sheriff zeroed in on a pot farm by checking the coordinates on Google Earth. Are law enforcement agencies doing the same in Utah?
Google can serve up a microscopic picture, but Sgt. Jeff Nibur with the Utah Highway Patrol prefers his own eyes in the sky - good old choppers and planes. "I have not heard of any other departments using that. Once again, typically our aero-bureau is used statewide by local law enforcement, by sheriff's offices, by police departments in rural areas," he explained.
Nibur is uncertain how accurate the Google images are or how frequently they are updated.
Others around the country say they use Google Earth because it is cheaper to study a Google image than to pay for helicopters.