Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 26, 2018 at 2:44 PM
This week, I introduced a motion directing the LAPD and the City's Information Technology Agency to research and report upon the latest available gunshot detection technology and how the city might leverage such tools to promote public safety.
Gunshot detection technology is increasingly being utilized in many cities throughout the United States. It is to provide rapid notification to law enforcement as to when and where gunshots are occurring. The technology consists of an array of microphones or sensors located on utility poles and structures along with a processing unit which can quickly triangulate the gunfire to a specific location. This information allows for a more efficient and effective response by law enforcement which in turn increases arrest rates, improves officer safety, helps in securing evidence and witnesses, and could deter gun crimes in the long term.
A system like this could be tremendously beneficial to the LAPD in their response to gun crimes. With similar, competing technologies available, it's important to understand what technologies exist and to determine if a gunshot detection system would be an appropriate tool to add to our department's law enforcement efforts.
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