- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Police Department will ask city council members for a half-million dollars to expand the use of acoustic sensors that help officials pinpoint where gunshots are being fired.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1m3Y09d) Shot Spotter was deployed in January on a few undisclosed square miles, leading to 29 arrests and the capture of 16 guns.

Police officials plan on Monday to request the city’s approval of a $525,000 contract with California-based Shot Spotter.

Sounds picked up by the sensors are analyzed by computers in a system built to differentiate between gunshots and other loud noises, like firecrackers.

Suspected gunshots are verified by human operators, who then notify patrol officers of the location.

Capt. Steven Carter manages Shot Spotter and says the expansion would triple the program’s current territory.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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