- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) - City and police officials hope a system that can quickly detect gunshots and their source will help cut down on gun violence in Cincinnati.

A city statement issued Monday said the detection system uses microphones to pinpoint the time and location of gunfire. The audio sensors triangulate and pinpoint the number of shots fired within 25 meters. When a gunshot is detected, the system sends a real-time alert to the dispatch center as well as on-patrol officers.

The system also is intended to help police track shootings that go unreported, make it easier to recover evidence and ensure timely medical attention for victims.

Officials say the ShotSpotter system will be installed across three square miles in the Avondale neighborhood and should go live by the end of August.

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