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Majority of shootings picked up by NYPD’s ShotSpotter system would otherwise go unreported

November 02, 2015



The NYPD’s ShotSpotter system was activated 186 times in October, but received 911 calls for less than half of those incidents, according to officials.

The majority of shootings picked up by the NYPD’s ShotSpotter technology would have gone unreported without the system, police said on Monday.

ShotSpotter — the technology that triangulates where a shooting occurred and alerts police officers to the scene — was activated 186 times in October, but received 911 calls for less than half of those incidents, officials said.

The NYPD’s deputy commissioner for information and technology, Jessica Tisch, called the ShotSpotter activations a relatively standard showing, but she added that only 48 percent of those shooting incidents had 911 calls connected with them.


The ShotSpotter system triangulates where a shooting occurred and alerts police officers to the scene.

NY Daily News