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Gun crime prevention system installed at Beloit

Shotspotter : 23 January, 2009  (Application Story)
US city steps up fight against gun crime with the installation of the gunshot location system from ShotSpotter
ShotSpotter has announced that the Beloit Police Department and the City of Beloit will deploy the ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System (GLS) across a one mile coverage area within the city. The ShotSpotter GLS is an acoustic surveillance system that specifically detects, locates, and tracks weapons fire. It will be used as a tool in the department's proactive approach to combating gun violence.

A press conference was held by the Beloit Police Department and the City of Beloit in the police department's briefing room to discuss deployment of the ShotSpotter GLS in Beloit.

"This technology is an asset to our community," said Police Chief Sam Lathrop. "The ShotSpotter GLS will not only alert us to weapons fire; it will also give us more comprehensive data and intelligence on gun violence that we can use to better protect our officers and reduce response times. System data will be used to complement already existing anti-crime strategies and operations and will help our officers, investigators and crime analysts in their efforts to further crack down on gun crime in Beloit."

Currently used in 35 cities across the US, the ShotSpotter GLS detects and pinpoints the location of gunshot and explosive events in near real-time. Event data is stored in a historical database for strategic and predicative crime analysis that reveals crime trends and hot spot areas. Data provided by the ShotSpotter GLS has been used successfully to build proactive anti-crime strategies and operations. In court cases, system data has established a timeline of events, successfully refuted and corroborated eye witness testimony, and revealed the number of shooters at a crime scene. Customers using the ShotSpotter GLS report a reduction in violent crime rates by at least 30 percent and gunfire rate reductions by as much as 60 to 80 percent.

"The City of Beloit is harnessing the power of technology in its crime-fighting strategy by implementing the ShotSpotter GLS," said City Manager Larry Arft. "Our police officers now have an additional tool they can use in their daily fight against gun violence."

"The ShotSpotter GLS has been adopted by police departments across the US as the industry standard for wide-area acoustic surveillance," said Gregg Rowland, senior vice president of ShotSpotter "By using the ShotSpotter GLS, the officers of the Beloit Police Department will be armed with valuable intelligence and will have access to more comprehensive data on gun crime occurring within their coverage area. This data will allow officers to better analyse and monitor gun-crime trends and will assist in the development of proactive anti-gun crime operations and strategies."
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