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Police considering gunfire reporting technology for Mosby

The Richmond Police Department is considering shifting money from their body camera program towards installing technology that will automatically report and pinpoint gunfire in Mosby Court.

Ned Oliver and Ali Rocket have a great, longer piece this morning on richmond.com:

What a community should expect, he said, is that when gunfire happens, police show up. In most communities where this acoustic surveillance system is used, gunfire is not reported 80 to 90 percent of the time, Clark said.

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The technology alone is not going to close a case, Clark said, but he hopes it will help the department build stronger ties in these underserved communities and increase their participation as witnesses.

“ShotSpotter can tell you precisely where the shot was fired, but not who. Only the community can do that,” he said.

IMAGE via ShotSpotter

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Holy fucking shit! Yes please! Unless you are at the scene it’s damn near impossible to tell police where shots originated if you’re a couple blocks off.

Carl Beers
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Taking money away from body cameras with the hopes people will snitch? All I got from the little article.

John Murden Jr.
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The piece goes into that in a way worth reading beyond the 1st sentence.

Interesting takeaway for me was how often gunfire generally goes unreported in high-incident areas.

John Murden Jr.
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The piece goes into that in a way worth reading beyond the 1st sentence. Interesting takeaway for me was how often gunfire generally goes unreported in high-incident areas.

Brett Eastman
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Brett Eastman

Like the body cams are ever on? Or footage used? I use a GoPro if I get pulled over. Can’t trust anyone but yourself. Hearing someone unload a handgun at 2pm has got to stop.

Tony Brown
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They already have cameras on top of some of the apartment buildings. If that doesn’t work when you’re watching them then….

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Katherine J

IDK, I think more patrols in the area would serve them better. Using this technology isn’t changing behavior and body cameras protect everyone (including the officer) whereas this doesn’t really protect anyone and only offers response after the fact. I’d be interested to hear the opinions of the actual cops on the street.

Rebecca Parker
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I hear gunshots multiple times a week. I don’t call it in unless it seems very close, because otherwise I’m just calling to say, what, "I heard gunshots somewhere in a mile radius of my house?" That isn’t informative.

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Steven Summerville

Do it. If we can establish a way to report crimes that doesn’t rely on bystanders, the "snitch" stigma can be circumvented. After seeing people in mosby react to that horrible shooting earlier this year with such heartbreak about it not being reported, this could help. People don’t want crime in their neighborhood but they also don’t want to run the risk of thrusting themselves into it by reporting it in person.

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Given last year’s rise in crime, esp gun murders and shootings, I think crime has become the most important issue for Richmond in 2017. Still, I would prioritize bringing the number of officers up to 750, investing in some form of drug-treatment for first time drug offenders, mini-methadone clinics for the heroin-addicted, and a halt on new public housing construction city-wide over shot spotter, but imho, doing all of the above would be in the best interests of ALL of the city’s residents, career criminals aside.

Jesse English
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Tear down the projects in Richmond. Disperse the populations that live there. Develop those sites as tax producing properties.

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can the system detect guns fired using silencers? they are on the legal horizon pushed by the NRA, some republicans, President 45 and his son.”It’s about safety — it’s about hearing protection,” Donald Trump Jr., told Utah silencer manufacturer SilencerCo. “It’s a health issue, frankly, for me.”

Laura Holloman
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They are going to be super busy. You hear multiple guns shots everyday in that area.