- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Several Detroit community groups plan to use information collected from a gunfire detection system as part of an effort to help reduce gun violence on the city’s northeast side.

Detroit last year started using the ShotSpotter system to help officers pinpoint where shots are being fired.

Councilman Scott Benson says Wednesday “Operation Shot Spotter” will build on that effort.

Three days after shots are detected, plans call for volunteers to knock on doors in the area and let residents know that shots were heard. They’ll build community awareness and distribute information about social service providers. The waiting time, Benson’s office says, is to allow a “cooling off period.”

Those involved in the volunteer effort plan to coordinate their work with the Detroit Police Department to ensure they’re not in danger.

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