A $400,000 ShotSpotter pilot program is coming to Jacksonville, according to a Jacksonville City Council member.
Councilman Reggie Brown said a pilot program has been approved and the city is hoping to roll it out in high crime areas by the start of 2017.
It will span three years and be paid for with various city funds, Brown said.
Brown spoke about the program coming to Jacksonville at a meeting at Cleveland Arms, the scene of a deadly mass shooting that claimed three lives on Sunday.
Edward Waters College in Jacksonville is already using a ShotSpotter program.
The technology uses sensors to pick up the sound of gunfire, then pinpoint how many shots were fired and where, within about 80 feet.
Then within 30 to 45 seconds that information is sent to first responders, all without one call to 911.
While technology won’t stop a shooting from happening, it could help lead officers to a shooter faster and stop another shot from being fired.
SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design, was the first college in the country to use ShotSpotter’s Secure Campus system.
The technology covers two square miles of SCAD’s campus, which winds through the heart of downtown Savannah.
City Councilman Reggie Brown: "We're going to implement shot spotters in high crime areas."— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) November 15, 2016
Shot spotting program has been approved; hoping to roll it out in Jacksonville by years end/start of the year.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) November 15, 2016
Shot spotters have been used in Detroit and across the U.S. Councilman Reggie Brown says they pick up gunfire; alert police.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) November 15, 2016
Shot Spotters will be a 3 year pilot program in Jacksonville. It will cost about $400,000 and be paid for through various City funds.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) November 15, 2016
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