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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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Brett Eastman
Brett Eastman
3 years ago

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.

Brett Eastman
Brett Eastman
2020 years ago

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Alex Goodmundson
Alex Goodmundson
2020 years ago

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Carl Beers
Carl Beers
3 years ago

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

Julie Oliver
Julie Oliver
2020 years ago

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Leigh Ann Woodley
Leigh Ann Woodley
2020 years ago

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John Murden Jr.
John Murden Jr.
3 years ago

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
Brett Eastman
3 years ago

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.

Katherine J
Katherine J
3 years ago

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.

Tony Brown
Tony Brown
3 years ago

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

Bea Cross
Bea Cross
2020 years ago

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Nia McCabe Strei
Nia McCabe Strei
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Mindy Alexander
Mindy Alexander
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Michael Onsel
Michael Onsel
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Rebecca Parker
Rebecca Parker
3 years ago

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.

Sam Ikenberry
Sam Ikenberry
2020 years ago

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Rainie Bishop
Rainie Bishop
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Steven Summerville
Steven Summerville
3 years ago

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.

Steven Summerville
Steven Summerville
2020 years ago

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Dubois2
Dubois2
3 years ago

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.

tony
tony
3 years ago

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.”

Jesse English
Jesse English
3 years ago

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

Lane Jennison
Lane Jennison
2020 years ago

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Victoria McGovern
Victoria McGovern
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Terrapin Marquis
Terrapin Marquis
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Michael Grabow
Michael Grabow
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Laura Holloman
Laura Holloman
3 years ago

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

Brinkley Jones
Brinkley Jones
2020 years ago

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Bryan Brodie
Bryan Brodie
3 years ago

so, shift away from systems that potentially document RPD liability and towards systems that have positive media-feelgood effect.

I would be more impressed with the Stoney administration if they addressed this issue:

“Richmond City Council members urge Stoney administration to cooperate with financial audit”
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/richmond-city-council-members-urge-stoney-administration-to-cooperate-with/article_dbc25a7c-f726-5f73-88b9-de9285989d49.html

otherwise it’s just smoke and mirrors and echoes. lots of spin and drang from a novice politician (Stoney) being manipulated behind the scenes by the RVA powers that be…

Iesha Adu-Darko
Iesha Adu-Darko
2020 years ago

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Preston Davis
Preston Davis
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Michael Nesossis
Michael Nesossis
3 years ago

Something. We have heard at least a dozen gun shots in the last week alone.

Michael Nesossis
Michael Nesossis
3 years ago

I think we need some police foot traffic through the neighborhood. Not sure about the budget, but it MIGHT help having the extra police presence?

Michael Nesossis
Michael Nesossis
2020 years ago

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Seth Moreau
Seth Moreau
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Amanda Gallagher Crouch
Amanda Gallagher Crouch
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ray
ray
3 years ago

The story says it will cost $235,000. I assume this is a one time purchase cost and does not include ongoing costs to operate the system. That said, $235,000 would pay — and that’s for salary and all the benefits — for maybe 3 cops on a yearly basis, and that doesn’t even include the substantial funding it takes to train the new hires. I don’t know if this gunfire firing technology is a worthwhile investment, but I do know that it’s going to take some serious funding in order to fund the 100 or so officer shortage RPD currently… Read more »

Chrissy Schlegel
Chrissy Schlegel
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Cadeho
Cadeho
3 years ago

Instead of this… cameras… cameras everywhere in and around projects. When you are in public, don’t expect it to be private. If you commit a crime, your face will be seen. That would work much better.

Angel Quan
Angel Quan
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Dave Seibert
Dave Seibert
3 years ago

If this did help the cops get there really fast then it may eventually work as a deterrent.

J
J
3 years ago

We could always just remove the public housing and get more tax money to pay for schools rather than continuing to have murders happen every week next door.

Emily Klinedinst
Emily Klinedinst
3 years ago

Do other cities still have "beat cops" (foot patrol) or is that just on television ?

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Emily Klinedinst
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Adam Tignor
Adam Tignor
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Liz O
Liz O
3 years ago

The evidence that ShotSpotter has any effect on gun violence is (dare I say) shotty at best. The statistics the corporation sites on their website only pulls data from 2/3 of the cities where the system is installed. Independent research is nonexistent (ShotSpotter owns the data it collects in most cities). That being said if we want to keep track of how many guns are going off in areas already know for gun violence then this is probably the best research tool. Just an expensive one. It also would get cops on the scene of gunfire faster- or on the… Read more »

Clay Street
Clay Street
3 years ago

Came here to comment but tony @ #11 beat me to it. Silencers are going to be exceedingly easy to get very soon. Because hearing protection is important {or, cough cough, so says the gun lobby}

In light of that this new gunshot detection thing will stand to be pointless, unless I am misunderstanding something.

I’d rather the RPD invest in body cameras, personally.

Allison Meyer
Allison Meyer
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Jamie Coffey
Jamie Coffey
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