CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As police and lawmakers work on ways to combat crime in Cleveland, city council members are looking into technology that can detect gunfire and help police better respond and investigate incidents.
A grant from from the Cleveland Police Foundation, totaling nearly $400,000, would cover the program’s costs.
While a vendor hasn’t been selected, ShotSpotter is a well known company that has systems in dozens of cities across the U.S. including Toledo and Youngstown.
The technology picks up the sound of gunfire, pinpoints the origin and can even identify the type of weapon used. The information can be collected in about one minute and eliminates the need for eyewitnesses to call police to relay critical information.
Last year, Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell told 19 News the technology is welcomed.
“Sometimes resident’s don’t call 911. Sometimes they don’t make the phone call because they are used to hearing gunshot,” Conwell said.
He added, “When we have data that helps us save lives or do prevention for our residents that’s the way to go.”
Supporters argue the technology helps police respond faster to scenes and better investigate crimes.
Some in the community have raised concerns about the accuracy of the technology and privacy.