Commissioners agree to expand Shot Spotter program - WSFX - FOX Wilmington, NC

Commissioners agree to expand Shot Spotter program

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Shot Spotter has been used by police since 2012 as a way to quickly respond to gun shots in the City. Shot Spotter has been used by police since 2012 as a way to quickly respond to gun shots in the City.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Commissioners in New Hanover County voted 4-0 Monday in favor of re-purposing a previous grant in order to expand the Shot Spotter program.

Shot Spotter has been used by police since 2012 as a way to quickly respond to gun shots in the City.

Shot Spotter has the ability to recognize the type of shot and the number of shots fired. It works by classifying loud noises by gunfire, fireworks and even explosions.

Law enforcement officials want to use a previously awarded $80,000 that was to be used for the purchase of new vehicles to expand the program.

Captain Jim Varrone with the WPD said right now the department has 65 user licenses for shot spotter technology, and with the use of the grant money they can get shot spotter for every vehicle.

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