Louisville now accepting bids for gunshot detection system
As Louisville continues to grapple with a spike in murders and shootings, the city is now accepting bids on a high-tech system to detect and pinpoint gunshots.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As Louisville continues to grapple with a spike in murders and shootings, the city is now accepting bids on a high-tech system to detect and pinpoint gunshots.
In September, Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad announced plans to purchase and install a gunshot detection system for high-crime areas in the city.
The city has been considering the system since June, and now is requesting proposals from potential vendors like ShotSpotter. The announcement was made Wednesday on the LMPD Facebook page:
LMPD is committed to helping reduce gun violence. LMPD’s plan to purchase and install gunshot detection systems is moving forward. The Request for Proposal for this system has been completed and vendors are able to submit bids until December 6. LMPD is excited to use this technology to help work with our community to make Louisville safer!
Police say once the system is installed, microphones and sensors will be able to pinpoint the location of a gunshot within 60 seconds in Louisville and relay it to MetroSafe and officers on patrol.
The technology may sound familiar, because WDRB reported that the city was considering a system called ShotSpotter in June.
The city's request for proposals ask potential vendors to answer yes or no for requirements that include 24-hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year operation, "cloud-based" software, previous operation of a system in a city of similar size to Louisville, abilities to identify multiple shooters and to detect locations by street addresses or GPS coordinates (longitude/latitude). A system must also be compatible with dispatch and other police computer programs.
Police say when the technology has been installed in other cities, reports of gun shots have actually increased. That's because so many usually go unreported.
Members of Metro Council say money already is set aside in the budget to install the gunshot detection system.
Proposals are due December 6. The police department wants to install the system within a year.
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