Police credit 'Shotspotter' for guns, arrest

9:28 PM, Jan 1, 2014   |    comments
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STOCKTON - Stockton police say that Shotspotter, their gunfire detection system, was a big help as people celebrated the new year with gunfire.

Shotspotter is a series of audio sensors placed in troubled neighborhoods which detect, record and locate gunshots.   Police are able to quickly get to those areas and find either evidence, weapons, or sometimes suspects.

"This is the technology we need in the city of Stockton because it's allowing our officers to respond to near, real-time gunshots," said police spokesman Officer Joe Silva.

At least one arrest took place and several weapons were found after gunfire was detected by the program.

Stockton was given the technology for a year by the Bay Area company and Police Chief Eric Jones is hoping for donations and funding to continue its use.

by Tim Daly, TDaly@news10.net


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