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Technology coming to Cincinnati can help police reduce gun violence

February 23, 2017


CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Police blame the warm winter for an unusually high number of shootings so far in 2017, but they're getting technology that can reduce gun violence.

There was already money in place for "shot spotters," which use sensors and software to report gunfire within moments. There have been 62 people shot in Cincinnati so far in 2017, compared with 37 in 2016, and 38 in 2015. So it's a lot.

Hands go up at Rockdale Elementary School, they are some of the fifth and sixth graders in the "Defeat The Streets" club. Gunfire is part of their lives.

Using sensors and software, ShotSpotter instantly notify officers of gunshot crimes in progress. The data goes to dispatch, patrol cars, and even smart phones. Other cities that use Shot Spotter say only 30 percent of gun shot incidents are reported. At the scene police can collect shell casings to compare with other shooting scenes. Then there is video from street cameras and license plate recognition.

The students said they "Defeat The Streets" by studying to make their dreams come true. Cincinnati Police believe reducing the sounds of violence can help with that.

The first year of Shot Spotter will cost around $230,000. But police leaders believe it will save money because the information will help officers do their jobs more efficiently.

Local 12: Cincinnati