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ShotSpotter success— Minneapolis Police get results with new technology

Jan. 30, 2007 (MINNEAPOLIS) In its first month of operation in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Police Department’s new ShotSpotter gunfire detection system has helped police make several arrests, recover guns, and respond quickly to shots fired calls.

ShotSpotter, which is now live in about two square miles of south Minneapolis, detects gunshots using multiple sensors, triangulates the position of the gunshot with great accuracy, and immediately alerts 911 operators, who can quickly dispatch police.

In one month since the system came on line in December 2006, ShotSpotter has triggered dispatches to 69 suspected gunshot locations. Most dispatches are made in less than one minute after the shot is detected. Those alerts have helped lead to:

Ø Three felony arrests

Ø Three misdemeanor arrests

Ø Two recovered guns

Ø A recovered stolen car

Ø Information used in homicide, robbery, and shooting investigations

ShotSpotter is just one way Minneapolis is using new technology, in addition to more cops, to make neighborhoods safer. The City’s budget provides for $2 million in public safety technology funding over the next two years. New security cameras along Bloomington Avenue and in Cedar Riverside are already helping deter crime, allow better police response, and provide valuable evidence for prosecutors.

By March 2007, ShotSpotter will also be operating in two square miles of north Minneapolis. Although the total area that will be covered by ShotSpotter accounts for less than 10 percent of the city’s geographic area, those four square miles account for more than 50 percent of the city’s shots fired calls to 911. That means the technology is going where it’s needed most.

In addition to providing 911 dispatchers and police with better tools to respond to shots, it is expected the technology will eventually deter would-be criminals from committing gun violence. When police are able to respond quickly to shots fired calls, even when they’re not called in to 911, the word spreads that if you fire a gun in these neighborhoods, anytime, Minneapolis Police will know and be on the scene fast.

A partnership between the City and community groups has been critical to making ShotSpotter a reality. Central Weed and Seed and Phillips Weed and Seed were instrumental in working with the City and providing funding to help bring the technology to their areas.

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Published Jan. 30, 2007