Police Test High Tech Tool That Tracks Gunfire
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--They are the sounds of crime, echoed across the city, around the clock. Sensors and cameras in Uptown installed ahead of the Democratic National Convention last summer are part of a system called ShotSpotter. It can hear and locate those gun shots so cops can respond quickly. Speakers and video cameras are monitored 24/7 in a CMPD Command Center.
Police say it has already helped them pinpoint gun shots. "For us, it's used to identify sounds, large sounds, that we can hear already if we were sitting in the intersection. This just allows us to work smarter instead of harder," said Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
Police wouldn't reveal where the sensors are located. But, they say they can't use them to eavesdrop or invade the privacy of people on the streets.
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