It’s difficult to establish what location a gunshot came from even if people do call 911 about hearing gunshots. I think a “Gunshot Location Detection System” would be very helpful in Coatesville for sending first responders to a location where a gunshot was fired and also aid in investigations. It can be used to instantly turn surveillance cameras to the shots location. It can be used with geographic information systems to bring up police reports in the shots fired area.
This is part of a Wikipedia post about “Gunshot Location Detection System”
In public safety and law enforcement, gunshot location systems are often used in high crime areas for rapid awareness into the communications and dispatch center where the alerts are used to direct first responders to the scene of the gunfire, thus increasing arrests rates and improving officer safety, as well as in the long run deterring gun crimes, shootings and especially "celebratory gunfire" (the practice of shooting weapons in the air for fun). Gunshot location systems based upon wide-area acoustic surveillance coupled with persistent incident data storage transcends dispatch-only uses because reporting of urban gunfire (via calls to 9-1-1) can be as low as 20%, which means that law enforcement agencies and their crime analysts have incomplete data regarding true activity levels and patterns. With a wide-area acoustic surveillance based approach combined with a persistent repository of gunfire activity (i.e., a database), agencies have closer to 100% activity data that can be analyzed for patterns and trends to drive directed patrols and intelligence-led policing. Additional benefits include aiding investigators to find more forensic evidence to solve crimes and provide to prosecutors to strengthen court cases resulting in a higher conviction rate. With the accuracy of a gunshot location system and the ability to geo-reference to a specific street address, versus a dearth of information that typically is the case when citizens report gunfire incidents to 9-1-1, agencies can also infer shooters by comparing with known criminal locations, including those on parole and probation; investigators can also at times infer intended victims and hence predict and prevent reprisals.
Gunshot location systems have been used domestically in urban areas since the mid 1990’s by a growing list of cities and municipalities that are embracing gunshot location systems as a mission-essential tool in their arsenal for fighting violent crime. Federal and homeland security agencies too have embraced gunshot location systems and their benefits; notably the FBI successfully used a ShotSpotter GLS during the 2003-2004 Ohio highway sniper attacks, in conjunction with the Franklin County Sheriff.”
Article Last Updated: 09/11/2008 10:50:36 AM
By Henry Kenyon
February 25, 2010