AUSTIN -- The Austin Police Department is fully staffed and watching Sixth Street to help keep revelers safe this New Year’s Eve.
Even in places you might not expect, they’re watching. The Austin Police Department has more than 40 Halo cameras city wide, most located in the Sixth Street area.
This New Year's Eve, an officer will watch the camera footage all night from headquarters.
"It actually gives us the opportunity in real time to look at ongoing instances on the street," said Lieutenant Jeff Hampton.
He said the cameras are especially helpful in monitoring the size of crowds.
"If we notice any potential disturbances, we can use the cameras to target those disturbances," Hampton said.
They can take any shot full screen, then zoom in. They can also pan the cameras, which helps them realize crowd density. Even if people responsible for any disturbances get into a car, police could potentially get a license number.
Catherine Forno is from the Washington, D.C. area. It's her first New Year's Eve in Austin.
"We’re excited to see what it will be like,” said Forno.
Even police never know exactly what to expect, but they are preparing like they would for any special event that could bring up to 100,000 to the area.
Christian Malanka is the operations lieutenant for the downtown area patrol. He said when there is alcohol involved in crowded spaces, fights can break out.
"So, we ask other folks out on the streets to help us by moving out of the way of any altercation, so we can get in there and do our job,” said Malanka.
The Halo cameras help police spot potential trouble, and hopefully prevent situations before they escalate.