Palo Alto to expand gun-tracking system

November 9, 2008 2:04:35 PM PST
The city of East Palo Alto is scheduled to expand coverage of its Shotspotter Gunshot Location System to include the entire city by the end of the year, police have announced.

The expansion of the gunshot tracking technology, currently used by law enforcement agencies in 32 U.S. cities, will make East Palo Alto the first to utilize the gunshot location system citywide, police said.

Shotspotter, an acoustic surveillance system that locates gunshots or explosions by triangulating sound, was activated in a one-half square mile area of East Palo Alto on Dec. 31, 2007.

Since then the technology has tracked more than 400 gunshots and assisted police in the arrest of seven suspects and the recovery of 10 firearms, according to police.

The citywide implementation of Shotspotter GLS is intended to produce a more complete picture of the city's gun crime problem and gun crime trends, and to allow the community to continue to develop successful and proactive programs for eradicating gun violence, police said.


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