New gunshot detection system introduced

December 31, 2007 7:17:55 PM PST
East Palo Alto police tonight will introduce gunshot detection technology to the city, part of the department's crime reduction initiative for 2008, police reported.

Police will conduct a live test of its ShotSpotter system at 3 p.m. before the system goes on line at 9 p.m., according to police.

The ShotSpotter system uses sensors to detect and locate gunshots within seconds, allowing police to respond more quickly. The technology relays an immediate signal to police dispatchers and directs cameras to the exact location of the gunshot, according to police.

Officials hope the system will also reduce firearm violence in the city.

Police also in the new year will introduce a Homicide Reduction Plan that includes a new homicide tip line, (888) MURDER-0.