Bradenton Police want high-tech system that detects gunshots - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Bradenton Police want high-tech system that detects gunshots

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BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) - The Bradenton Police Department is looking for a community partner to help pay for a high-tech system that would detect gunshots and help deter crime.

"Shotspotter" uses a series of sensors placed throughout neighborhoods that detect gunshots. The sensors can also pinpoint a gunshot's location, down to a couple of meters. Shotspotter then alerts police dispatchers who send officers to the scene.

The system is also able to distinguish gunshots from fireworks and car noises.

A Bradenton Police spokesperson says the department would like to install the system in neighborhoods located in East Bradenton, an area that has been ridden with crime over the past few years.

Bradenton Police Lt. James Racky said, "Since 2011, January 1st, 2011, we've had 82 gun related crimes in this four mile area."

The spokesperson says when shots are fired some people are hesitant to call 911. Also, if people do call 911, they sometimes don’t know the exact location of where the gunshots came from. But, Shotspotter can solve these problems.

The police department is looking into installing the system in an area spanning from 29th Street East to the Wares Creek area.

This system doesn't only detect loud bangs. It is incredibly precise, and can tell the difference between gunshots, fireworks, and even a car backfiring.

"Once it gets that noise, it's going to be able to triangulate that area precisely to where that shot came from," Lt. Racky said.

It can even pinpoint the location down to a few meters, all without the need for 911 calls.

"The quicker we can get there, and take somebody into custody that has committed a violent crime, the quicker they're off the street," Racky said.

The system comes with a hefty price tag. Police officials say it will cost between $200,000 and $270,000 to implement the system. The department is looking for community partners to help pay for Shotspotter.

Officials from the Bradenton Police Department are hopeful that they can have the system set up by the end of the year.

The Shotspotter is already in use in departments throughout America and in Latin America, and was even used to protect the president during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Learn more about Shotspotter: http://www.shotspotter.com/

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