The airship entails military technology now available to local law enforcement, he said.
Godfrey floated the idea of a dirigible in the skies above Ogden for his city council members last week. The council is expected to vote on the measure in coming weeks.
He says the cost of the blimp is being negotiated but said it is more "cost effective" to operate than helicopters or fixed winged aircraft.
"We anticipate using it mainly at night. The cameras have incredible night vision to see with tremendous clarity daytime and nighttime. It will be used like a patrol car. It will be used to go and check things out and keep things safe," said Godfrey.
One person will be able to operate the system but Godfrey says it will also function on its own with programing directives.
The blimp is 52 feet long, will be outfitted with two cameras, and is capable of flying up to 40 miles per hour at 400 feet above the city.
Officials say the cigar-shaped blimp, powered by electric batteries, can fly for four to six hours before needing to be recharged.
"Once you understand the capability of the technology as well, not only the cameras but the ability to relay that data from the camera down to ground it's amazing," said Godfrey.
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