Monroe enters contract to bring in gunshot detection technology

The ShotSpotter system detects, locates and immediately alerts police within 60 seconds of a gunshot
Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 11:40 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe Police will soon have a new tool in their arsenal to combat gun violence.

Council members at the July 28th meeting agreed to enter into a contract with tech company ShotSpotter.

So, what is it?

“ShotSpotter is a wide area acoustic gunshot system that uses network sensors to be able to detect, pinpoint and alert on outdoor urban gunfire,” said ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark.

ShotSpotter sensors placed on buildings or lamp posts throughout a neighborhood will detect where a gun is shot, and within 60 seconds officers will know exactly where to respond.

“It’s going to knock out the questions where it occurred at and we’re going to know exactly where it occurred at within 15-20 feet,” said Sergeant Chuck Johnson.

According to the tech company’s webpage, 80 to 90% of gunshot incidents go unreported to 911.

Monroe Police Sergeant Chuck Johnson considers this a game changer.

“If we can respond or knock our respond times down, we can maybe save a life,” said Johnson.

Not only will this help recover evidence or save a life, Johnson believes this will show the community they’re taking steps to keep them safe.

“We talk about Crimestoppers, we talk about ‘see something, say something’, that’s just hard to get into these people because they have to live in these neighborhoods and we understand that. So this’ll give us the information. Its monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So as soon as that information comes in or a gun has been fired in that area it comes directly to us within 30 to 60 seconds,” said Johnson.

MPD expects to have the ShotSpotter devices installed by the end of the year.

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