KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City police are teaming up with the city’s transportation authority to deploy gunshot-detection technology that can instantly pinpoint the location of shots fired.
ShotSpotter uses multiple sensors to pick up the sound of gunfire and pinpoint its location. The information goes into computers at California-based SST Inc., where acoustic experts assess the data to determine whether the sounds were gunfire or something else.
Gunshots are instantly reported back to the area’s 911 operators, or in some cases patrol officers.
SST vice president Lydia Barrett says 68 police agencies across the U.S. use the technology.
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