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Fighting crime with new tech: Avondale signs contract for ShotSpotter

April 25, 2017
Local 12: Avondale, Ohio

AVONDALE, Ohio (WKRC) - A high-tech crime fighting tool will be here by summer and it's getting rave reviews in other cities.

Cincinnati signed the contract for “ShotSpotter,” which is a detection system that uses sensors to listen for shots being fired. It's getting credit for keeping people safe in other communities.

In Fresno, California last week, the police chief said that if it weren't for ShotSpotter more than three people would have been killed in rampage designed to kill as many people as possible.

The high-tech gunfire detection system alerted police when the first shots were fired. Police got to the scene fast enough to arrest the shooter.

"ShotSpotter got us within a few feet from rounds and provides an address,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

"ShotSpotter has proven successful in other cities to help reduce violence see no reason it can't work in Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Paul Neudigate.

Avondale will be the test neighborhood. Shootings are up 28% over last year.

If there is ever a shooting, police won't have to wait for 911 call, instead, they will get a real-time notification and can be at the scene in 40 seconds.

"We're going to be here in seconds, find the shooter the victims before they leave, identify witnesses, critical pieces we miss now,” said Lt. Col. Neudigate,

Neudigate said that often everyone is gone by the time police get to the scene, including victims who show up at the hospital.

"We're missing cooperative victims and witnesses,” said Lt. Col. Neudigate.

Henry brown and his friend walk the streets of Avondale every day.

"My friend and I were talking about development, all good stuff for the neighborhood, you get a couple of gunshots that's what people hear and remember,” said Henry Brown.

The gunfire intelligence can go to dispatch, to patrol cars and even smartphones.

It includes the number of shooters and shots fired. It helps police do more with less.

With ShotSpotter, they won’t have to drive around looking for a shooting scene,

Neudigate says the hope is ShotSpotter will be so successful the system will expand to other neighborhoods.