Aldermen voted Tuesday to approve purchasing a system of 10 cameras that would provide real-time surveillance of the Square, with special focus on areas near bars where trouble is usually concentrated.
The system, from ADGIX in Madison, will cost about $37,000 and can be expanded as needed. It will create permanent video recordings that can be used both to implement crowd-control techniques and to prosecute criminals.
"If something happens, you can go back on that digital recording," said Police Chief Mike Martin. "Every time we have an assault, there are 200 people up there, but no one sees anything."