Police to try out tower over St. Patrick's festivities
Tower in Miami (Source: SCMPD)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police will put up a 30-foot observation tower in Ellis Square during St. Patrick's Day festivities.
The portable structure, which police are calling the Skywatch Tower, will be on loan from Integrated Systems of Alpharetta, according to police. SCMPD is testing out and evaluating the equipment. The tower will go up Thursday afternoon and be removed on Sunday.
The tower has been used by 140 law enforcement agencies in cities such as New York, Miami and New Orleans.
"This gives us just one more opportunity to observe the actions during the celebration as we deal with such a large increase in people in the Downtown area," said Police Chief Willie Lovett in a statement. "It's an exciting time for so many people – residents and visitors alike – and our goal is make sure everyone remains safe. It will be interesting to see how it might be of use to us."
Among the features in the air conditioned tower are cameras and thermal imaging cameras, tinted windows, flood lights, diesel generator, shore power, 98-gallon fuel tank.