LMPD to purchase gunshot detection system
The new system will be able to transmit the precise location of a gunshot simultaneously to dispatch centers and officers patrolling the area within 60 seconds.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When gunshots ring out, new technology will be able to pinpoint the location within 60 seconds in Louisville.
Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Steve Conrad announced plans Thursday to purchase and install a gunshot detection system for high-crime areas in the city.
"Just about every day, you hear some gunshots," Louisville resident John Frazier said.
Frazier says shootings were getting so bad in his west Louisville neighborhood that he picked up and left about a week ago.
"I said it was time for me to move on," he said.
Violent crime is up this year, and city leaders have been trying to come up with new ways to make the streets safer.
"We've spent the past several months researching gunshot detection technology," Chief Conrad said Thursday.
The technology may sound familiar, because WDRB reported that the city was considering a system called ShotSpotter in June. The company uses acoustic sensors to pinpoint where shots are fired in seconds.
"This information is coming very quickly, simultaneously to the dispatch centers and to the officers," Chief Conrad said.
Police say pinpointing a location could help them find victims and collect evidence like shell cases that could be connected to other crimes.
"In a few cases, it's even led to the arrest of people that are still there with literally a smoking gun," Chief Conrad said.
Police say when the technology has been installed in other cities, reports of gun shots have actually gone up. That's because so many usually go unreported.
"There really is a real fear in certain communities of people not wanting to get involved for fear of reprisal," Councilwoman Jessica Green said.
Officials say they'll take bids before deciding which company to use. That means this new technology likely won't be installed for several months.
Members of Metro Council tell us hundreds of thousands of dollars were already set aside in the budget for technology like this.
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