Stockton Seeks to Expand Use of Gun Shot Detection Service, Must Find Funding

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Since the City of Stockton has implemented “Shot Spotter” technology at an undisclosed location in the city in August, police Chief Eric Jones says shootings in the area have decreased by 50 percent.

The problem for Stockton’s police department is that the audio sensor technology and its audio analysts are begin loaned from the company for free. At a time when the city is financially strapped, law enforcement must find funding if they want to keep using it.

“We charge $45,000-$65,000 for our technology and analysts a year per square mile,” Shot Spotter CEO Ralph Clarke said Tuesday.

Clarke is an Oakland native and an alum of UOP, who says he believes Chief Jones will find funding to support the new system when the free trail is over.

Clarke would not say when that date is.

“We will seek federal and state grants to pay for the system, along with private funding,” Chief Jones said.

Shot Spotter is currently being used in six Northern California locations, all in the bay area.

The technology uses multiple audio sensors to detect a gun shot within a mile of the senors, the data is then sent to the company’s headquarters in the bay area before being relayed to Stockton’s Police Department, all of which can be done in about 40 seconds according to Clarke.

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