- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police plan to test an electronic gunshot-detection system later this month in the city’s crime-ridden East End neighborhoods.

Police don’t want to say exactly when they’ll test the system with live gunfire, however, because they don’t want to discourage residents from reporting the shots. Those 911 reports will be compared with the results obtained by “ShotSpotter,” a system of sensors installed by SST Inc.

The city last year approved spending more than $1 million to install the sensors, which police hope to integrate with video surveillance cameras, which would be activated by the gunfire and, hopefully, help police solve street shooting cases more efficiently.

The gunfire sensors are supposed to pinpoint the location of the gunfire and alert police.

Dozens of cameras and sound detectors will eventually be installed in a three-mile square area.

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