CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP CITY OF UTICA RESPOND TO AND PREVENT VIOLENT CRIME; ...CITY HAS APPLIED FOR FED FUNDS THAT WOULD HELP IT INSTALL HIGH-TECH “SHOT-SPOTTER” AUDIO SENSORS THAT ALERT POLICE IN REAL TIME WHEN GUNSHOTS ARE FIRED; SENATOR URGES DOJ TO AWARD FUNDING ASAP
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 27,2017 - SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP CITY OF UTICA RESPOND TO AND PREVENT VIOLENT CRIME; WITH OVER 44% OF SHOTS-FIRED REPORTS LACKING CRIME SOLVING DATA, CITY HAS APPLIED FOR FED FUNDS THAT WOULD HELP IT INSTALL HIGH-TECH “SHOT-SPOTTER” AUDIO SENSORS THAT ALERT POLICE IN REAL TIME WHEN GUNSHOTS ARE FIRED; SENATOR URGES DEPT. OF JUSTICE TO AWARD FUNDING ASAP
City of Utica Has Applied For Fed Funding To Purchase High-Tech System – Called “ShotSpotter” – That Would Enable More Than 100 Audio Sensors Across City To Detect Gunshots & Send Real-Time Alerts To Police, Allowing First Responders To More Quickly And Accurately Locate Crime Scenes & Victims
The department responded to 47 firearm shooting assaults over 2015 and 2016 – with 44% of reports involving a lapse in report time or uncertainty of the exact location of the shooting
Schumer: System Could Be Game-Changer For Curbing Gun Crimes and Protecting Citizens In Utica
Standing with police officers, community leaders and elected officials at the Utica Police Department’s headquarters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched a major push to secure funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that would allow the City of Utica to enhance its cutting-edge crime-fighting tools by purchasing a new audio sensing system called “ShotSpotter.” Schumer said that this technology is used to improve police response to gun violence – to save lives and solve crimes – by providing law enforcement with real-time alerts when it detects the sound of gunshots. Schumer said first responders need this technology to quickly and accurately locate crime scenes and victims. Schumer explained that the City of Utica could use this cutting-edge technology to solve one of its most common scanner calls: shots fired. For example, the Utica Police Department responded to 47 firearm shooting assaults over 2015 and 2016 – with 44% of shots fired calls involving a lapse in report time or uncertainty of the exact location of the shooting.
“The cutting-edge technology in the new ‘ShotSpotter’ program helps our police solve crimes and save lives, and that’s why I will do all I can to help the Utica PD secure this grant. Utica Police are working overtime to track down ‘shots fired’ calls and that means the federal government should be, too, by stepping up to help Utica crack down on this gun violence. That’s why I’m urging the DOJ to award this desperately needed federal funding, which will allow the city to install a high-tech audio sensor system that alerts officers in real-time once gunshots have been fired. This kind of system will enable first responders to more quickly respond as well as accurately locate crime scenes and victims,” said Senator Schumer. “We need to utilize every tool in our toolbox and, with this funding, Utica can continue to its mission of decreasing shots fired calls and crime in the city.”
Schumer also has a history of helping to connect Utica with the Department of Justice on the issue of gun violence. In 2010, Utica requested a direct partnership