ShotSpotter Technology Being Tested in North Sacramento

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ShotSpotter sensors have been in place for about a month in an undisclosed location of North Sacramento.

Sacramento police and city leaders joined the CEO of ShotSpotter on Thursday to announce the yearlong trial run.

Some sensors are in place in Del Paso Heights, one of Sacramento’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

Del Paso Heights resident Cesar Pelayo said it’s not uncommon to hear gunshots from his home multiple times a week.

"When I hear gunshots at home, I try to identify if they're near or far.  And usually I try to pull up a scanner,” Pelayo said.

Now, the Sacramento Police Department knows exactly how many shots are fired in Pelayo’s neighborhood.

"We can see how many rounds go off nightly in that area. It's about two per night,” Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers said.

ShotSpotter can detect the sound of gunfire, pinpoint the exact location of shots fired and instantly notify officers.

"It can help give the police department a jump on which way the people who were shooting were traveling,” Vice Mayor Allen Warren said.

ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark joined city leaders Thursday to help roll out the technology.

"The game change actually happens when police officers can show up in service to these under-served communities,” Clark said.

In the past month, ShotSpotter has helped officers arrest two people and get four guns of the streets.

For Pelayo, anything to help curb gun violence outside his doorstep is welcomed.

"I think it's good.  Hopefully it'll give officers a faster response time to where they need to go,” Pelayo said.

Currently ShotSpotter covers a 3-square-mile area.

It costs $150,000 for the year.

After the yearlong trial run, the city will evaluate and consider expanding the technology.


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