MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department is using new gunfire audio sensors to pinpoint where a shooting happens to help tackle gun violence in the city.
The system is called ShotSpotter, and it’s been in Orange Mound for a month.
Decema Edwards said her street is considered one of the quieter ones in Orange Mound.
“But the street over there and the street behind us, you hear gunshots all the time, and bullets can go anywhere,” she said.
It’s gunfire that doesn’t always get reported to 911.
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“They’re shooting guns just for fun now. I don’t think they’re shooting at anybody,” she said.
Memphis Police Command Staff claim that’s why the department is using gun detection technology called ShotSpotter.
The system uses a series of small audio sensors installed on top of light posts and buildings to record gunfire and, within seconds, it sends an alert to the police.
“ShotSpotter gives us the alert when sometimes citizens wouldn’t,” said MPD Deputy Chief of Information Technology Don Crowe.
MPD is using a $565,000 federal grant to pay for ShotSpotter for the next three years.
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