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Newark police fight gun crime with Shotspotter.

Shotspotter : 30 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Gunshot detection and location system from Shotspotter deployed on the streets of Newark in the USA as part of a scheme to crack down on firearms related crimes in the city.
The Community Foundation of New Jersey, on behalf of the City of Newark and the Newark Police Department, has awarded ShotSpotter a sole-source contract to deploy the wireless ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System (GLS) in the City. The technology alerts law enforcement officials to the location of gunfire within seconds with pinpoint accuracy, helping to reduce gun violence. The Newark deployment represents the third ShotSpotter system installation in the State of New Jersey. ShotSpotter is a global leader in interoperable, net-centric gunshot, sniper-detection and location systems for law enforcement and military markets.

The ShotSpotter GLS system will protect a seven-square-mile area within the City of Newark providing real-time gunshot data including shooter location, number of shooters, whether the shooter was stationary or in motion, and the number of shots fired. Detailed incident and forensic data will be provided for use in arrest and prosecutions.

"Using this sonic technology will help our law enforcement agencies respond to and eliminate incidents of gun violence in the City of Newark. I am proud to call ShotSpotter a partner in our efforts to make Newark set the national standard for urban transformation," Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. "City leaders must continually innovate and implement new solutions to combat the epidemic of gun violence," said James Beldock, ShotSpotter's president and CEO. "Mayor Booker and his administration have already proven their dedication to innovative policing techniques, and the ShotSpotter system will enable Newark police not only to respond to gunfire more effectively and with improved situational awareness, but it will also allow them to exercise innovative new tactics to root out gun violence within Newark."

Newark selected the ShotSpotter wireless GLS after a rigorous evaluation and analysis of the gunshot detection and location market that included interviewing cities that have purchased technology throughout the US for customer satisfaction, product reliability and violent gunshot related crime reductions.
The system was 100 percent funded through private donations raised by the Community Foundation of New Jersey that approved and secured $1.2 million for the system.

Currently ShotSpotter is deployed in more than 29 major US cities. The system was recently credited with alerting San Francisco, California, police of a teen shooting incident that resulted in helping police and crime scene investigators find the location of the crime scene and seize physical evidence, even though the victim had left the scene and was found a block away.
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