Could This be a Life Saver for Stockton?

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Our senses are powerful; but it’s not your eyes, it’s your ears that can hear gun shots.

Just like your ears can detect gunfire, this can too. It’s called ShotSpotter; able to weed out fireworks, helicopters, and even construction.

Police are always locked and loaded for dangerous calls, but cops admit criminals are willing to do anything to avoid prison time.

Richmond, Calif. has seen a reduction in violent crime; ShotSpotter has helped officers in this once extremely dangerous city curtail crime.

The ShotSpotter system is powerful enough to hear from the Tower Bridge in Sacramento to Sutter’s Fort, that’s roughly four miles. So sophisticated it can weed out helicopters, fireworks, and even construction. Once the system detects gunfire; it sends an alert that sounds like an alarm out to the ShotSpotter headquarters. Review Specialist are there 24- hours a day to monitor incidents all across the country.

Five cities in California are using the technology. So, why isn’t Stockton? Already the city has shattered last year’s homicide record.

Money is a major factor, but ShotSpotter says there’s money out there. Some cities have received grants to fund the technology. It could be a life saver for Stockton, helping to turn the troubled and embattled city around.

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