The tower is a $150,000 piece of equipment but the police department purchased it for much less. It originally was federal surplus through Homeland Security. Dobry said the federal surplus program is great because it helps them purchase equipment such as the tower that they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.
“We were very fortunate to get it,” he said.
All together the tower was less than $6,000, he said. Of course it had to be refurbished. It was being used in El Paso and was painted to blend in with the desert so a paint job, as well as Norman Police decals, were needed along with new tires and some other things, Dobry said.
So, as many continue to shop for the holidays, the Norman Police Department’s Skywatch tower will be rotating in and out of parking lots to ensure shopper’s safety.