NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — New technology is coming to the city of Newport News with the goal of helping police get to shooting scenes faster.
The technology is called ShotSpotter.
It’s a sensor system that detects the sound of gunfire and uses GPS technology to detect its exact location.
The technology then alerts police about the gunshots within 60 seconds.
Newport News city officials believe this will help officers respond faster and give them more accurate information in investigations.
“It’s just a matter of hearing those shots and then locating where those shots are coming from,” said Mayor McKinley Price. “So once the bad guys know and the neighborhoods know that we have this technology, we hope to see fewer shots and therefore fewer shots or accidents, or people getting shot as well.
The city has agreed to a three-year lease with ShotSpotter, which will cost $275,000 per year.
“I think adding technology to the strategies that we already have in place is just going enhance, continue to reduce our crime numbers, continue to reduce our shootings, continue to reduce the homicides that we have in this city,” said Police Chief Steve Drew.
The department plans to install some of the sensors in locations around the city starting mid-June.
10 On Your Side’s Marielena Balouris will have more on the program next week in our “Crime Trends” segment.