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City of Memphis is one step closer to new crime fighting technology

(SOURCE: Shotspotter) (SOURCE: Shotspotter)
(SOURCE: Shotspotter) (SOURCE: Shotspotter)

Memphis City Council discussed new technology on Tuesday that could be a new crime-fighting tool for the Bluff City.

Gunshots are a sound people in Memphis are tired of hearing, but City of Memphis is one step closer to installing $500,000 worth of equipment that reportedly decreased the amount of gunfire in other major cities.

"ShotSpotter" technology is designed to detect gunshots and respond.

"We are not only saying three shots fired," ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said. "We are saying three shots fired at this exact location."

A representative with ShotSpotter detailed to city council members and MPD officials at the real-time center how the system of microphones will work to track down where, when, and who is firing a gun.

Councilman Berlin Boyd, who has plans of implementing the system in his district, said the other council members were impressed and are on board.

"With the camera technology that we have and you add on a system where it compliments what we already have, everyone seemed to be in favor of it," Boyd said.

Since the money has already been set aside to implement the system, the next step is to fill out RFQ paperwork. Putting the system up should only take weeks once the process begins.

"Once the sensors are out, is all software that basically lights up the system very easily after that," Clark said.

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