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What is shot detection technology?

According to ShotSpotter, more than 80 percent of gun shots aren't reported to police. According to ShotSpotter, more than 80 percent of gun shots aren't reported to police.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro police announced they will be rolling out a shot detection system to better detect gunfire throughout the streets of Louisville. 

One shot detection company called ShotSpotter is in at least 90 cities across the country. It works by using acoustic surveillance technology that uses sensors to detect, locate and alert on gunfire. 

"What these sensors are designed to do, is ignore ambient noise and trigger on impulsive noises like booms or bangs," ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said, "when three or more sensors detect a boom or bang, because they're at different locations, we're able to use the location and time differential to triangulate the exact location of that gunfire bang."

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Clark said, within 35 to 40 seconds of gunfire detection, officers are then alerted through a system and ultimately given an address of where gunfire was detected. 

"In a lot of these under served communities who are struggling the most with gun crime, they're least likely to call 911," Clark said. "Some places we see, 9 out of 10 people don't call, 8 of 10 times people don't call." 

So by deploying this technology, departments will be more aware of where gunfire is detected, helping police agencies figure out where to use their resources, and respond more quickly to shots fired. 

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"Guns are fired a lot of times before it actually hits and hurts someone or potentially kills someone," Clark said, "We're really all about the preventative aspects of the technology, getting cops to dots very quickly, more quickly identifying who these serial shooters are and taking them off the streets before they kill and hurt someone."

Former LMPD officer and WAVE 3 Safety and Security expert D'Shawn Johnson said the community should get behind this new technology. 

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"Anything that gives the police an advantage in stopping crime, should make anyone feel safe and this is something we should support," Johnson said, "I know there's some people out there that won't be supportive but this is an extra tool that should help make our neighborhoods safer.” 

LMPD plans to bring its plan to Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting at 3:30 p.m.  Oct. 26, and will then put in a request for bids. 

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