Contract For Controversial Gunfire Detection Technology Held For One Week – Pasadena Now

Courtesy of ShotSpotter Facebook page

The City Council on Monday announced that a proposed contract for technology that uses microphones and sensors to determine the location of gunshots and quickly alerts police will be held for one week.

According to Mayor Victor Gordo, city staff will bring to the council more information on Shotspotter, a system that records loud, impulsive sounds and alerts police in 60 seconds or less about the location of the gunshot. Advocates believe the system could save lives, deter shootings, and prevent the need to investigate non-gunfire-related incidents, such as fireworks.

The Pasadena Police Department has responded to more than 300 calls for service from people reporting hearing shots being fired, and an additional 400 incidents of gun-related crimes over the past two years.

In fact, less than an hour after the City Council announced the item would not be discussed, shots rang out in Northwest…

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